stopper

noun
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

stopper

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

Miami also re-signed defensive end William Hayes, the run-stopper who was an unrestricted free agent after playing 2017 with the Dolphins. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins did OK plugging holes via trade, free agency | Analysis," 23 Apr. 2018 The tall late-inning stopper whose delivery looks like the ball is being flung from the arm of an old-fashioned pitching machine. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Goodness of Padres' bullpen relied on too greatly," 18 Apr. 2018 The door stoppers are made of high-quality, reinforced polymer plastic. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland ISD Chief: Door stoppers could save lives in active shooter scenarios," 31 Mar. 2018 Los Angeles Chargers: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: Bolts have a great pass-rush tandem in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram but need a great run-stopper in between. Done! Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Ready for a shock? Check out the pick for the Miami Dolphins | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018 Ferrari says the Pista’s carbon-ceramic stoppers can halt the car from 62 mph in 93.5 feet. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 With the £7m arrival of Scotland international Stuart Armstrong from Celtic, and Manchester City stopper Angus Gunn coming in for £13.5m, Saints are making moves to better their prior campaign after a nervy 17th place finish. SI.com, "Denmark International Jannik Vestergaard Completes Medical Ahead of £18m Move to Southampton," 12 July 2018 The Arsenal stopper was then called upon again, as Mina deflected the ball straight at his teammate. SI.com, "Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Lethal Los Cafeteros Edge Into Last 16 as Cissé's Side Crash Out on Fair Play," 28 June 2018 Unfortunately, this is where many homeowners pitch the pop-up and head to a hardware store for a rubber stopper. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain the Right Way," 15 July 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Turns to Surprise Contender as He Looks for New Liverpool Number One Goalkeeper," 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. SI.com, "WATCH: Arsenal Finally Wins Away to Give Arsene Wenger Perfect Send Off," 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, "Game warden field notes," 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. SI.com, "'They Should Change it': International Goalkeepers State That World Cup Ball Will Cause 'Problems'," 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. SI.com, "West Ham's Arnautovic, Lanzini Run Riot in Second-Half to Punish Huddersfield," 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. SI.com, "90min Fans Choose Their Ultimate 4-Man Football Dream Team to Battle the Storm," 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. SI.com, "Rafa Benitez Assures Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman of His Place in Newcastle's Future Plans," 27 July 2017 Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Broward Crime Stoppers 954-493-TIPS (8477). Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Man walked into a TD Bank and gives teller crumbled paper. The FBI says he demanded cash.," 12 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stopper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stopper

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stopper

Statistics for stopper

Last Updated

12 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stopper

The first known use of stopper was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stopper

stopper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stopper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stopper

verb

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

: to close (something) with a stopper

stopper

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stopper

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stopper

Spanish Central: Translation of stopper

Nglish: Translation of stopper for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of stopper for Arabic Speakers

Comments on stopper

What made you want to look up stopper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a sum of money that is sent as a payment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!