verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stump
Examples from the Web for stump
Contemporary Examples of stump
They are model citizens, the kind of people whose lives might be used as exemplary stories by a politician in a stump speech.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
Plus “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath”?Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Looking to turn back the tide or at least hold it back for one more election, Clinton will stump in Benton County next week.Bubba Goes Back to the Briar Patch: Bill Clinton’s Arkansas Obsession
October 2, 2014
Republicans and Democrats love bashing lobbyists on the stump.Lobbyist Derangement Syndrome Sweeps DC
August 8, 2014
As Cochran said on the stump and in ads, he is a pro-life, NRA-endorsed conservative who opposes Obamacare.How Thad Cochran Pulled Off a Win Over Chris McDaniel (Simple, Really)
June 30, 2014
Historical Examples of stump
Many a rod, I grieve to say, was worn to the stump on that unlucky night.Biographical Stories
Then she wagged the stump of her tail, and they considered themselves acquainted.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
He looked at the stump, then at the sign, with his little pig-like eyes.The Biography of a Grizzly
"You're just about as satisfying to talk to as a stump," she paid tribute to his unassailable calm.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Mr. Halloway had learned a certain perceptiveness on the stump.The Gentleman From Indiana
- (often plural)a leg
- stir one's stumpsto move or become active
Word Origin for stump
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).