stop·​per | \ ˈstä-pər How to pronounce stopper (audio) \

Definition of stopper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that brings to a halt or causes to stop operating or functioning : check: such as
a : a playing card that will stop the running of a suit
b : a baseball pitcher depended on to win important games or to stop a losing streak also : an effective relief pitcher
2 : one that closes, shuts, or fills up specifically : something (such as a bung or cork) used to plug an opening


stoppered; stoppering\ ˈstä-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce stopper (audio) \

Definition of stopper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to close or secure with or as if with a stopper stopper the bottle

Examples of stopper in a Sentence

Noun His comment was a conversation stopper.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In free agency, the Cowboys signed Brent Urban, a 6-7, 300-pound defensive end to a one-year contract as a run stopper. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 9 June 2021 The bottles - both small and big - come with a distinctive white rose as a stopper and an elegant, vase-like bottle. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Their performance is a real show stopper (see also: Devan's jacket). Maggie Fremont,, 30 Mar. 2021 Booker is the franchise, Paul is the difference maker and Ayton is the X-factor, but Bridges is the team's main defensive stopper and transition extraordinaire who gets open corner 3s playing off those three. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2021 This doesn’t mean Halston doesn’t have one last show-stopper up his sleeve. Whitney Friedlander, Vulture, 15 May 2021 Dallas took Kentucky’s Quinton Bohanna (6-4) in the sixth round of the draft and signed veteran run stopper Brent Urban (6-7) in March. Dallas News, 11 May 2021 Thankfully for New Orleans, the search for viable wing depth that can solidify the reserve units and play a stopper role in clutch moments may be over now that Naji Marshall is in the building. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The unsung hero for coach Kelvin Sampson's group was defensive stopper DeJon Jarreau, who smothered Oregon State star Ethan Thompson all night. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like O’Rourke, this debate will be one of his best chances to stopper any more losses. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2019 Karius remains under fire following his high profile errors in the Champions League final in May, while Liverpool have met difficulty in the transfer market after being heavily linked with very expensive Roma and Brazil stopper Alisson., 13 July 2018 Alexandre Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck both had one-on-one chances to score but both were thwarted by Terriers stopper Jonas Lossl., 13 May 2018 Facebook Advertising Works On April 3, game wardens received an Operation Game Thief crime stoppers call alleging an individual was trying to sell an alligator on Facebook. Community Report Community Report, Houston Chronicle, 1 May 2018 The reviews from the keepers were far from glowing, with Napoli's Reina and Manchester United's De Gea teaming up with Die Mannschaft and Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to criticize the new Adidas product., 24 Mar. 2018 Having dictated play with their pressure off the ball in an organized approach, a costly mix-up between Terriers stopper Jonas Lossl and winger Lolley gifted the Hammers the lead in the 25th minute., 13 Jan. 2018 Goalkeeper As far as goalkeepers were concerned, there was one clear winner for supporters as nearly half chose Manchester United and Spain stopper David de Gea., 17 Oct. 2017 Fellow Magpies stoppers Karl Darlow and Tim Krul, on the other hand, are expected to be allowed to leave - but only for the right price, with the club having already rejected a £5m bid from Middlesbrough for Darlow., 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of stopper


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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“Stopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stopper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something that stops something
: something that is used to block an opening



English Language Learners Definition of stopper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to close (something) with a stopper


stop·​per | \ ˈstä-pər How to pronounce stopper (audio) \

Kids Definition of stopper

: something (as a cork or plug) used to close or block an opening


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