verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- stumble across,
- stumbling block,
- stump bed,
- stump cancer,
- stump farm,
- stump foot,
- stump ranch
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.
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
Republicans and Democrats love bashing lobbyists on the stump.
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)|Stuart Stevens|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The mortgage they had to work off was a stump; but faith and Luclarion's dairy did it.Real Folks|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
This morning I saw him hold up two fingers, the third crooked, in sign of the remaining "two and a stump."Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
On examination after death, the termination of the vein on the surface of the stump was open, and in a sloughy condition.
Reddy stopped and stood up on his hind legs so as to see if the top of that stump was hollow.Bowser The Hound|Thornton W. Burgess
Bonaparte, watching his master, ran around the tree again and squatting on his stump of a tail grinned likewise.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
- (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).