An example of a stump is the bottom part of a plant or tree after most of the stem or trunk has been removed.
An example of a stump is the bottom of a tooth after the top has cracked or broken off.
An example of stump is asking someone the answer to a very difficult riddle.
To stir one's stumps.
He's been stumping for that reform for months.
Candidates out on the stump.
Stump a field.
Stumped the teacher with a question.
- The part of a limb or tooth left after the rest has been cut off, broken off, etc.
- The part of anything left after the main part is gone; butt; stub.The stump of a pencil.
- unable to act, think, answer, etc.; in a dilemma; perplexed
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of stump
- Middle English stumpe possibly from Middle Low German stump
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English stumpe, stompe (“stump"), from or akin to Middle Low German stump (“stump"), from Proto-Germanic *stumpaz (“stump, blunt, part cut off"), from Proto-Indo-European *stÁb(h)-, *stemb(h)- (“to support, stamp, become angry, be astonished"). Cognate with Middle Dutch stomp (“stump"), Old High German stumph (German Stumpf, “stump"), Old Norse stumpr (“stump"). More at stop.