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

In ancient four-man-rotation lingo, he's simply been the Beavers' stopper, which of course overlooks one very inconvenient truth. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Inside Luke Heimlich's senior season with the Oregon State baseball team," 8 June 2018 Baddley was a defensive stopper who shot .465 on 3s. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Minus Martin, Butler's run of NCAA appearances in jeopardy," 19 Mar. 2018 Image There are wine stoppers galore out there, and no lack of cutters to make short work of the foil that covers a wine bottle’s cork. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Wine Stopper That Does Double Duty," 9 July 2018 The Premier League side are reported as having made a bid for the Derby County stopper this week and are planning to up it to around £2.5m following the Rams' snub., "Brighton Make Shock Bid for Former England Goalkeeper as Chris Hughton Eyes Defensive Reinforcements," 6 July 2018 Searcy, a former Tar Heel, was an effective run-stopper in Tennessee before losing his starting spot. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Minicamp is over, but 4 big Panthers position battles must be settled in Spartanburg," 15 June 2018 That will put an extra pass rusher (who is also a good run-stopper) on the field. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde5: Here's the stat Dolphins are building around defensively," 18 Apr. 2018 To be fair, Caldwell-Pope is exactly the kind of player — a defensive stopper at shooting guard that is at least a passable shooter, and who is coming off a career best 38.9 percent mark from 3-point range — that fits next to James. Tim Bontemps,, "Free agency has altered the Western Conference, but not enough to seriously threaten the Warriors," 5 July 2018 For apartment dwellers, if the smell is entering from the hallway, put a draft stopper or similar object under the door. Nicole Defeudis,, "Four ways to keep marijuana from smelling up your home," 21 June 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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