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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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Related Words for stumper

riddle, conundrum, subtlety, question, enigma, secrecy, problem, thriller, mystery, dilemma, puzzle, quandary, complexity, teaser, applicant, competitor, nominee, contender, contestant, aspirant

Examples from the Web for stumper

Historical Examples of stumper

  • "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