[ stuhmp ]
See synonyms for: stumpstumpedstumping on

  1. the lower end of a tree or plant left after the main part falls or is cut off; a standing tree trunk from which the upper part and branches have been removed.

  2. the part of a limb of the body remaining after the rest has been cut off.

  1. a part of a broken or decayed tooth left in the gum.

  2. a short remnant, as of a candle; stub.

  3. any basal part remaining after the main or more important part has been removed.

  4. an artificial leg.

  5. Usually stumps. Informal. legs: Stir your stumps and get out of here.

  6. a short, stocky person.

  7. a heavy step or uneven gait.

  8. the figurative place of political speechmaking: to go on the stump.

  9. Furniture. a support for the front end of the arm of a chair, sofa, etc.: Compare post1 (def. 2).

  10. a short, thick roll of paper, soft leather, or some similar material, usually having a blunt point, for rubbing a pencil, charcoal, or crayon drawing in order to achieve subtle gradations of tone in representing light and shade.

  11. Cricket. each of the three upright sticks that, with the two bails laid on top of them, form a wicket.

verb (used with object)
  1. to reduce to a stump; truncate; lop.

  2. to clear of stumps, as land.

  1. Chiefly Southern U.S. to stub, as one's toe.

  2. to nonplus, embarrass, or render completely at a loss: This riddle stumps me.

  3. to challenge or dare to do something.

  4. to make political campaign speeches to or in: to stump a state.

  5. Cricket. (of the wicketkeeper) to put (a batsman) out by knocking down a stump or by dislodging a bail with the ball held in the hand at a moment when the batsman is off his ground.

  6. to tone or modify (a crayon drawing, pencil rendering, etc.) by means of a stump.

verb (used without object)
  1. to walk heavily or clumsily, as if with a wooden leg: The captain stumped across the deck.

  2. to make political campaign speeches; electioneer.

Idioms about stump

  1. 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

  • stump·less, adjective
  • stump·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use stump in a sentence

  • He walked about, stumbling over sticks and stones and stumps, sometimes falling down on soft moss, and again on the hard ground.

    Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
  • The lascar moved his feet cautiously, and they rustled among dried stumps.

  • Eudora was racing now through the briers, and weeds, and palmetto stumps, and dragging Mandy Ann with her.

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
  • This explanation seemed very likely, for here and there were stumps of trees and decaying chips.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • He had worked across from the left column, and we were soon beholding his bright jacket in a tangle of logs and stumps.

    A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter

British Dictionary definitions for stump


/ (stʌmp) /

  1. the base part of a tree trunk left standing after the tree has been felled or has fallen

  2. the part of something, such as a tooth, limb, or blade, that remains after a larger part has been removed

  1. informal, facetious

    • (often plural) a leg

    • stir one's stumps to move or become active

  2. cricket any of three upright wooden sticks that, with two bails laid across them, form a wicket (the stumps)

  3. Also called: tortillon a short sharply-pointed stick of cork or rolled paper or leather, used in drawing and shading

  4. a heavy tread or the sound of heavy footsteps

  5. a platform used by an orator when addressing a meeting

  6. (often plural) Australian a pile used to support a house

  7. on the stump mainly US and Canadian engaged in campaigning, esp by political speech-making

  1. (tr) to stop, confuse, or puzzle

  2. (intr) to plod or trudge heavily

  1. (tr) cricket (of a fielder, esp a wicketkeeper) to dismiss (a batsman) by breaking his wicket with the ball or with the ball in the hand while he is out of his crease

  2. mainly US and Canadian to campaign or canvass (an area), esp by political speech-making

  3. (tr) to reduce to a stump; lop

  4. (tr) to clear (land) of stumps

Origin of stump

C14: from Middle Low German stump; related to Dutch stomp, German Stumpf; see stamp

Derived forms of stump

  • stumper, noun

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