stopper

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noun

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

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verb

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

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.
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Chop will be an explosive, disruptive pass rusher and run stopper in the NFL. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 9 May 2024 Brown couldn’t help but compare the stellar stopper to Golden State’s own Draymond Green, a scrappy but unheralded defender who carved out an incredible career on high-flying offenses. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 17 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for stopper 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Stopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stopper. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

stopper

1 of 2 noun
stop·​per ˈstäp-ər How to pronounce stopper (audio)
1
: one that brings to a halt : check
2
: one that closes, shuts, or fills up
especially : something used to plug an opening

stopper

2 of 2 verb
: to close or fasten with or as if with a stopper
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