- the lower end of a tree or plant left after the main part falls or is cut off; a standing tree trunk from which the upper part and branches have been removed.
- the part of a limb of the body remaining after the rest has been cut off.
- a part of a broken or decayed tooth left in the gum.
- a short remnant, as of a candle; stub.
- any basal part remaining after the main or more important part has been removed.
- an artificial leg.
- Usually stumps. Informal. legs: Stir your stumps and get out of here.
- a short, stocky person.
- a heavy step or gait, as of a wooden-legged or lame person.
- the figurative place of political speechmaking: to go on the stump.
- Furniture. a support for the front end of the arm of a chair, sofa, etc.Compare post1(def 2).
- a short, thick roll of paper, soft leather, or some similar material, usually having a blunt point, for rubbing a pencil, charcoal, or crayon drawing in order to achieve subtle gradations of tone in representing light and shade.
- Cricket. each of the three upright sticks that, with the two bails laid on top of them, form a wicket.
- to reduce to a stump; truncate; lop.
- to clear of stumps, as land.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. to stub, as one's toe.
- to nonplus, embarrass, or render completely at a loss: This riddle stumps me.
- to challenge or dare to do something.
- to make political campaign speeches to or in: to stump a state.
- Cricket. (of the wicketkeeper) to put (a batsman) out by knocking down a stump or by dislodging a bail with the ball held in the hand at a moment when the batsman is off his ground.
- to tone or modify (a crayon drawing, pencil rendering, etc.) by means of a stump.
- to walk heavily or clumsily, as if with a wooden leg: The captain stumped across the deck.
- to make political campaign speeches; electioneer.
- up a stump, Informal. at a loss; embarrassed; perplexed: Sociologists are up a stump over the sharp rise in juvenile delinquency and crime.
Origin of stump
Examples from the Web for stumped
Bob Kaiser, chief of tropical diseases at the CDC, was stumped by the descriptions of the fever.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
When the Norwegian duo Ylvis posed it this summer, it stumped us good.Most-Watched YouTube Videos of 2013: Ylvis, Harlem Shake & More (WATCH)
December 11, 2013
It was the same debate that stumped the supercommittee, just livelier.Grover Norquist: Don’t Give an Inch on Taxes!
December 1, 2011
When she was stumped, she told the audience to check her website the next day for her response.9 Outrageous Election Debate Moments
The Daily Beast Video
October 24, 2010
But even those of us who know a little something about wine can easily get stumped when it comes to matching it up to dinner.The Secrets of Matchmaking
August 11, 2009
Tom Sawyer was stumped; he see Jim had got him where he couldn't budge.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
And off he stumped, leaving Cyrus staring after him, open-mouthed.Quaint Courtships
Shadrach was stumped, and he went to church that Sunday morning.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
He had the keys of all the cabins, and stumped in after them.Chance
But meanwhile Warboise had stumped off and told Ibbetson's wife.Brother Copas
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- the base part of a tree trunk left standing after the tree has been felled or has fallen
- the part of something, such as a tooth, limb, or blade, that remains after a larger part has been removed
- informal, facetious
- (often plural)a leg
- stir one's stumpsto move or become active
- cricket any of three upright wooden sticks that, with two bails laid across them, form a wicket (the stumps)
- Also called: tortillon a short sharply-pointed stick of cork or rolled paper or leather, used in drawing and shading
- a heavy tread or the sound of heavy footsteps
- a platform used by an orator when addressing a meeting
- (often plural) Australian a pile used to support a house
- on the stump mainly US and Canadian engaged in campaigning, esp by political speech-making
- (tr) to stop, confuse, or puzzle
- (intr) to plod or trudge heavily
- (tr) cricket (of a fielder, esp a wicketkeeper) to dismiss (a batsman) by breaking his wicket with the ball or with the ball in the hand while he is out of his crease
- mainly US and Canadian to campaign or canvass (an area), esp by political speech-making
- (tr) to reduce to a stump; lop
- (tr) to clear (land) of stumps
Word Origin and History for stumped
mid-14c., "remaining part of a severed arm or leg," from or cognate with Middle Low German stump (from adjective meaning "mutilated, blunt, dull"), Middle Dutch stomp "stump," from Proto-Germanic *stump- (cf. Old Norse stumpr, Old High German and German stumpf "stump," German Stummel "piece cut off"), perhaps related to the root of stub or stamp, but the connection in each case presents difficulties.
Earliest form of the word in English is a now-obsolete verb meaning "to stumble over a tree-stump or other obstacle," attested from mid-13c. Meaning "part of a tree trunk left in the ground after felling" is from mid-15c. Sense of "walk clumsily" is first recorded c.1600; that of "baffle" is first recorded 1807, perhaps in reference to plowing newly cleared land.
"to go on a speaking tour during a political campaign," 1838, American English, from phrase stump speech (1820), from stump (n.), large tree stumps being a natural perch for rural orators (this custom is attested from 1775).
- The extremity of a limb left after amputation.
- The pedicle remaining after removal of the tumor to which it was attached.