[ stuhm ]
/ stʌm /


unfermented or partly fermented grape juice.
wine in which increased fermentation has taken place because of the addition of stum.

verb (used with object), stummed, stum·ming.

to increase the fermentation of (wine) by adding stum.

Origin of stum

1650–60; < Dutch stom dumb, dull; compare French vin muet, German stummer Wein, in the same sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stum

  • From the violent red of his nose and cheeks it could easily be seen that he had been making rather too free with the stum.

    The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
  • But mayhap thou wouldst first down a flitch of bacon and a tankard or so of stum?

    The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley

British Dictionary definitions for stum

/ (stʌm) in wine-making /


a less common word for must 3
partly fermented wine added to fermented wine as a preservative

verb stums, stumming or stummed

to preserve (wine) by adding stum

Word Origin for stum

C17: from Dutch stom dumb; related to German stumm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012