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[stop-er] /ˈstɒp ər/
a person or thing that stops.
a plug, cork, bung, or other piece for closing a bottle, tube, drain, or the like.
Informal. something or someone that commands attention, as an unusual window display or a flamboyant person.
Cards. a card in a suit that prevents the successive taking of all tricks in the suit by the opponents.
Baseball Slang. a formidably and consistently effective pitcher counted on to win, as a team's best starting pitcher or a superior reliever often called on to preserve a victory; pitching ace.
verb (used with object)
to close, secure, or fit with a stopper.
Origin of stopper
First recorded in 1470-80; stop + -er1
Related forms
stopperless, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • He foched a silber jug, wid a silber cup for a stopper, and said: 'My man, dis is Irish whiskey.

  • The Churchwarden calmly put the stopper in his bottle and restored it to his pocket.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • He caught it up, removed the stopper, then put it down with an impatient “Pish!”

    The Star-Gazers George Manville Fenn
  • We put a stopper into one joint of a hollowed bamboo, and use it for a bottle.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • If all goes as it is going a couple of days might put the stopper on this memory business once for all.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • The act of checking or holding fast any rope or cable by means of a stopper.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • She drained the very dregs, and flung the stopper in her captive's face.

    The Fantasy Fan December 1933 Charles D. Hornig
  • Then she carefully put in the stopper, and rubbed her eyes with the palm of her hand.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee Andrew Lang
  • He had already taken the stopper out of the decanter when their eyes met … and then he put it back again.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • He took the stopper out of the decanter and deliberately raised it to his nostrils.

    The Missionary George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for stopper


Also stopple (ˈstɒpəl). a plug or bung for closing a bottle, pipe, duct, etc
a person or thing that stops or puts an end to something
(bridge) another name for stop (sense 39)
(transitive) Also stopple. to close or fit with a stopper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stopper

"glass plug for a bottle neck," 1660s, agent noun from stop (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stopper



A dependable relief pitcher: I had hoped he'd settle down and be the stopper/ And a bullpen stopper means even more in the confidence he can give the rest of the pitching staff and the entire team (1948+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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