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stopper

[stop-er] /ˈstɒp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that stops.
2.
a plug, cork, bung, or other piece for closing a bottle, tube, drain, or the like.
3.
Informal. something or someone that commands attention, as an unusual window display or a flamboyant person.
4.
Cards. a card in a suit that prevents the successive taking of all tricks in the suit by the opponents.
5.
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)
6.
to close, secure, or fit with a stopper.
Origin of stopper
1470-1480
First recorded in 1470-80; stop + -er1
Related forms
stopperless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stoppered
Historical Examples
  • There are pedants and bigots who insist that the jug must be stoppered with a corncob.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley
  • Pound and thoroughly mix, and keep in stoppered bottles or canisters.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • Macerate for 10 days in a stoppered bottle, express, and filter.

  • Runaway River is stoppered like with a cork in the neck of a bottle.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • Leave the bottle, stoppered of course, for about a week in a dark place.

    Soap-Bubbles C. V. Boys
  • Then carefully keep it in a stoppered bottle in a dark place.

    Soap-Bubbles C. V. Boys
  • When she shook her head, he stoppered the flask and relieved her of the cup.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • He opened a stoppered bottle and held its rim to the lady's nose.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • The sampling should be performed expeditiously to prevent carbonating, and portions placed in a stoppered bottle.

  • It seemed like a dream; but then there was the stoppered bottle of white powder in his hand to prove the reality.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
British Dictionary definitions for stoppered

stopper

/ˈstɒpə/
noun
1.
Also stopple (ˈstɒpəl). a plug or bung for closing a bottle, pipe, duct, etc
2.
a person or thing that stops or puts an end to something
3.
(bridge) another name for stop (sense 39)
verb
4.
(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 stoppered

stopper

n.

"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 stoppered

stopper

noun

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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