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.

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

Idioms

    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

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British Dictionary definitions for stumps

stump

/ (stʌmp) /

noun

verb

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

stump

[ stŭmp ]

n.

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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