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OTHER WORDS FROM stumpstumpless, adjectivestumplike, adjective
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What does stump mean?
A stump is the base of a tree after the rest of the trunk has been cut down.
In general, stump can refer to what’s left of something after the main part or majority of it has been cut off or removed. The word stub means the same thing and is perhaps more commonly used.
When a person has had part of a limb removed, the remaining part is sometimes called a stump. A more technical term is residual limb. The word stump is also sometimes used to refer to a limb that has not fully developed. Though some people with limb differences may use the word stump to refer to their limb, others might find the word insensitive or offensive. In many cases, they may prefer for it to simply be called an arm, leg, or limb.
An artificial leg can also sometimes be called a stump. The word stumps is sometimes used as a slang term for the legs.
The word stump can refer to a platform for making speeches. This use isn’t common, but this sense of the word is commonly used in a figurative way to refer to the place where political campaign speeches are made, especially in the phrase on the stump, as in The senator went out on the stump to try to win re-election. A campaign speech can be called a stump speech. Stump can also be used as a verb meaning to campaign, as in He’s stumping in Iowa today or He has endorsed the senator and will be stumping for her.
As a verb, stump can also mean to confuse, puzzle, or perplex completely, as in The last question on the test really stumped me. When you are stumped in this way, you are usually at a loss—you don’t know the right answer and you might not even have a guess. Someone who is experiencing this puzzlement can be described as stumped. A question or problem that stumps can be called a stumper.
Example: The woodcutters chopped down all of the trees, leaving nothing but a field of stumps.
Where does stump come from?
The first records of the word stump come from the 1200s. The noun comes from the Middle Low German stump. The verb form comes from the Middle English stumpen, which means “to stumble (as over a tree stump)” and was derived from the noun.
While tree stumps are likely the first kind of stumps that come to mind, many other objects can be turned into stumps, such as nails, pencils, and erasers.
When used as a verb, stump usually means to confuse someone so badly that they can’t think of a single answer or solution. In everyday life, people are often stumped by difficult puzzles or complicated situations that may not even be possible to solve.
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How is stump used in real life?
Stump most commonly refers to tree stumps. As a verb, it’s typically used informally.
Until annexed in 1912 to become a district of the City of Glasgow, Partick was a village (later an independent burgh) lying west of Glasgow. Fossil Grove in Whiteinch Park contains prehistoric fossilised tree stumps. When discovered, above them was a cist cemetery
— Clem Fandango (@ScotiaIndyref2) November 9, 2020
Why does unpacking make you so tired? I feel like my arms and feet are going to fall off and all that will be left is a stump.
— Robert Olguin (@Rbrtolguin) August 18, 2013
.@KLoeffler and @Perduesenate are holding their first joint appearance after the election, inside a crowded Cumming restaurant today. @SenRickScott is stumping for them here, following his fellow Floridian @marcorubio earlier this week. #gapol pic.twitter.com/bgwTDHVdBi
— Emma Hurt (@Emma_Hurt) November 13, 2020
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When you cut down a tree, the stump is the big part that was cut off.
Example sentences from the Web for stump
This woman turned her tree stump into a Little Free Library fit for magical elves.
He winds his way through a stump speech with the same inflections and cadences of a Southern preacher.Raphael Warnock’s campaign for the moral high ground|Clyde McGrady|January 2, 2021|Washington Post
Once you’re confident you can avoid rocks and stumps, there’s no need to delay the season further.
Prop it up in the fork of a tree or set it on a rock, stump or two forked prop sticks.Winter survival shelters you should know how to build|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|December 21, 2020|Popular Science
Wearing a bandanna fashioned as a headband, a cut-off T-shirt and dark glasses, he was perched on a tree stump and pointing back at the camera.States With Few Coronavirus Restrictions Are Spreading the Virus Beyond Their Borders|by David Armstrong|December 1, 2020|ProPublica
They are model citizens, the kind of people whose lives might be used as exemplary stories by a politician in a stump speech.
Plus “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath”?
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|Patricia Murphy|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
CNN posted a video of UPD Chief of Police Linda Stump addressing the issue.
Republicans and Democrats love bashing lobbyists on the stump.
For hours the gray man would sit on a tombstone, while Black Sheep read epitaphs, and then with a sigh would stump home again.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
The cigar stump held firmly between his teeth, he stood on the rug before the hearth, facing the door.Dope|Sax Rohmer
But, just as they were piling some more leaves in the hollow stump, they heard many voices of men shouting in the woods.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
Mrs. Maloney sat on a stump near her daughter, and busied herself energetically with alternate nursing and painting.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
By sheer good fortune a big tree stump stood under the door of the freight car, or the children never could have opened it.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner
British Dictionary definitions for stump
- (often plural) a leg
- stir one's stumps to move or become active