[ stuhmp ]
/ stʌmp /


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.

Nearby words

  1. stumble,
  2. stumble across,
  3. stumblebum,
  4. stumbling block,
  5. stumer,
  6. stump bed,
  7. stump cancer,
  8. stump farm,
  9. stump foot,
  10. stump ranch


    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

Related formsstump·less, adjectivestump·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stumps


/ (stʌmp) /



Derived Formsstumper, noun

Word Origin for stump

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

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Word Origin and History for stumps
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Medicine definitions for stumps


[ stŭmp ]


The extremity of a limb left after amputation.
The pedicle remaining after removal of the tumor to which it was attached.

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