verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of stump
Related Words for stumpingmystify, confound, dumbfound, puzzle, baffle, perplex, stub, end, tip, projection, butt, outwit, stymie, nonplus, stop, stagger, foil, stick, trudge, stamp
Examples from the Web for stumping
Contemporary Examples of stumping
He best illustrates this skill when stumping on behalf of divorced fathers.The Masculine Mystique
R. Tod Kelly
October 20, 2013
Except that she comes under a brutal assault led by John McCain, whose wrath she earned while stumping for Obama in 2008.Why Obama Betrayed Susan Rice
December 13, 2012
Or they're stumping up for parochial school tuition, which their counterparts in Minneapolis don't have to do.Is New York Really Secretly Affordable?
October 18, 2012
The 19 Kids and Counting reality-TV parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, are stumping in states across the country for Rick Santorum.Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on Campaigning for Rick Santorum
February 29, 2012
In April 1994, Bill Clinton was stumping for his health-care bill.Pizza Guy for President!
January 13, 2011
Historical Examples of stumping
Captain Candage was stumping the quarter-deck, puffing at his short, black pipe.Blow The Man Down
Before we left he was stumping about on deck as hearty and cheery as ever.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
On ringing, I heard him stumping downstairs to open the door.Salt Water
W. H. G. Kingston
There was the stumping of a wooden leg, and Colonel Bradner appeared.An Undivided Union
I didn't care about coming here, but it was in my stumping programme.
- (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).