stopper

[ stop-er ]
/ ˈstɒp ər /

noun

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.

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Origin of stopper

First recorded in 1470–80; stop + -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM stopper

stop·per·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stopper

stopper
/ (ˈstɒpə) /

noun

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)

verb

Also: stopple (tr) to close or fit with a stopper
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