- 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 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
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
- 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 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).
- The extremity of a limb left after amputation.
- The pedicle remaining after removal of the tumor to which it was attached.