verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stump
Examples from the Web for stumped
Bob Kaiser, chief of tropical diseases at the CDC, was stumped by the descriptions of the fever.
When the Norwegian duo Ylvis posed it this summer, it stumped us good.Most-Watched YouTube Videos of 2013: Ylvis, Harlem Shake & More (WATCH)|Jimmy So|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was the same debate that stumped the supercommittee, just livelier.
When she was stumped, she told the audience to check her website the next day for her response.
But even those of us who know a little something about wine can easily get stumped when it comes to matching it up to dinner.
As soon as Welcome could jerk the pin loose, he whirled and stumped furiously back in the direction of Chub and Penny.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends|Stanley R. Matthews
Mr. Jones stumped the deck, having relieved Abraham at noon.My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3|William Clark Russell
A month later, he turned sharp round, ere half a morning walk was completed, and stumped back to the house.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Then he stumped along to the river side, giving a majestic twirl to his wooden leg with every step he took through the long grass.Austin and His Friends|Frederic H. Balfour
Usually a live wire at repartee, Mamie McCorkle was stumped.Officer 666|Barton W. Currie
- (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).