stop·​per | \ˈstä-pər \

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 \

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


His comment was a conversation stopper.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smith and Monk are near-perfect contrasts for one another — Monk the offensively-gifted scorer, Smith the tenacious defensive stopper. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Barely 19, Zhaire Smith has 'surprised' in NBA workouts. Could Hornets take a gamble?," 14 June 2018 Despite finishing with a career-low one sack in 2017, Richardson generated consistent pressure and was a reliable run stopper during his lone season with the Seattle Seahawks. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Sheldon Richardson agrees to one-year deal with Vikings," 16 Mar. 2018 Cuonzo, skeptical, kept his distance and kept working, a star turned defensive stopper turned deadly beyond the arc., "Cuonzo Martin, the Fight for His Life and Why He Took the Job as Head Coach of Missouri," 16 Jan. 2018 The 35-year-old veteran stopper must have known that chances would be limited between the sticks when the Toffees signed Jordan Pickford for £30m last summer., "Lille Eyeing Move for Everton Keeper Maarten Stekelenburg This Summer," 10 July 2018 Simpson’s stopper is in a separate genus, but same family. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Yes, the Surinam cherry is edible, but that doesn't mean you're going to like it | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 In only 18 career starts, Junis had made a reputation for himself as the Royals’ stopper — the pitcher in their rotation who can buck a losing trend. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jakob Junis falters as frigid Royals fall 5-3 to Angels | The Kansas City Star," 14 Apr. 2018 Vea is an ideal match lining up next to Geno Atkins as a 346-pound freak athlete run-stopper. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Bengals mock draft: What does Cincinnati want to see happen in April?," 5 Mar. 2018 The show stopper, though, was all-pro center Jason Kelce, whose Mummers costume provided more local flair. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Eagles' Super Bowl victory parade gives Philadelphia its long-awaited celebration," 8 Feb. 2018

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., "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., "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., "'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., "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., "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., "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

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of stopper

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

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