- 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.
- to close, secure, or fit with a stopper.
Origin of stopper
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for stopper
Hurriedly I shot out the remainder of the stopper of straw, and crept from the hole.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
"Yes, but don't let's have a stopper over all, Tom," replied his father.
He took the stopper out of the decanter and deliberately raised it to his nostrils.The Missionary
She pulled aside the "stopper" of newspaper and thrust in the stick.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
(1 )Turn the stopper through at least one revolution in each direction.On Laboratory Arts
- 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 (def. 39)
- Also: stopple (tr) to close or fit with a stopper
Word Origin and History for stopper
"glass plug for a bottle neck," 1660s, agent noun from stop (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper