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stumper

[stuhm-per]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that stumps.
  2. an extremely difficult question, task, or problem.
  3. a person who makes stump speeches.
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Origin of stumper

First recorded in 1725–35; stump + -er1
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Examples from the Web for stumper

Historical Examples

  • "I thought it was a stumper," he remarked with evident satisfaction.

    The Land of Promise

    D. Torbett

  • But how the mischief even a raw Britisher could be soft-sawdered by Anstey is a stumper.

  • That was a 'stumper' for the poor woman, who evidently did not understand one half of the sentence.

  • This logic was rather a stumper; but they took him up, as before said, and carried him for further examination.

  • That was a "stumper" for the poor woman, who evidently did not understand one-half of the sentence.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore