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stump

[ stuhmp ]
/ stʌmp /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to walk heavily or clumsily, as if with a wooden leg: The captain stumped across the deck.
to make political campaign speeches; electioneer.

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Idioms for stump

    up a stump, Informal. at a loss; embarrassed; perplexed: Sociologists are up a stump over the sharp rise in juvenile delinquency and crime.

Origin of stump

1200–50; (noun) Middle English stompe, cognate with or <Middle Low German stump(e), Middle Dutch stomp (compare German Stumpf); (v.) Middle English stumpen to stumble (as over a stump), derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM stump

stumpless, adjectivestumplike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stump

stump
/ (stʌmp) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of stump

stumper, noun

Word Origin for stump

C14: from Middle Low German stump; related to Dutch stomp, German Stumpf; see stamp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for stump

stump
[ stŭmp ]

n.

The extremity of a limb left after amputation.
The pedicle remaining after removal of the tumor to which it was attached.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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