see also: Stump
Pronunciation Noun

stump (plural stumps)

  1. The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.
  2. (politics) The place or occasion at which a campaign takes place; the husting.
  3. (figurative) A place or occasion at which a person harangues or otherwise addresses a group in a manner suggesting political oration.
    • 1886, Henry James, The Princess Casamassima.
      Paul Muniment had taken hold of Hyacinth, and said, 'I'll trouble you to stay, you little desperado. I'll be blowed if I ever expected to see you on the stump!'
  4. (cricket) One of three small wooden posts which together with the bails make the wicket and that the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball.
  5. (drawing) An artists’ drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media.
  6. A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.
  7. (slang, humorous) A leg.
    to stir one's stumps
  8. A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to throwing the bolt except when the gates of the tumblers are properly arranged, as by the key.
  9. A pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.
  • French: souche, moignon
  • German: Stumpf
  • Italian: moncherino
  • Portuguese: toco, cotoco
  • Russian: пень
  • Spanish: tocón, tueco (tree), muñón m (arm, leg or tail), raíz f (tooth), punta final f (pencil), cabo m (candle)
Translations Translations Translations Verb

stump (stumps, present participle stumping; past and past participle stumped)

  1. (transitive, informal) To stop, confuse, or puzzle.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To baffle; to make unable to find an answer to a question or problem.
    This last question has me stumped.
  3. (intransitive) To campaign.
    Synonyms: campaign
    He’s been stumping for that reform for months.
  4. (transitive, US, colloquial) To travel over (a state, a district, etc.) giving speeches for electioneering purposes.
  5. (transitive, cricket, of a wicket keeper) To get a batsman out stumped.
  6. (transitive, cricket) To bowl down the stumps of (a wicket).
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, prologue:
      A herd of boys with clamour bowled, / And stumped the wicket.
  7. (intransitive) To walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge.
  8. (transitive) To reduce to a stump; to truncate or cut off a part of.
  9. (transitive) To strike unexpectedly; to stub, as the toe against something fixed.
Related terms Translations
  • German: ratlos sein, verblüfft sein, mit seiner Weisheit am Ende sein

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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