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 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 Walker has flashed at times the past two seasons, and the addition of Duron Harmon as a deep safety means Walker can be the Lions’ tight end stopper. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions mailbag: Fans in stands, how coronavirus will affect roster," 13 June 2020 Pierce is one of the more underrated run stoppers in the NFL, which should fortify an already strong defense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions are most improved team in NFC North: A look at their rivals' offseasons," 1 June 2020 The petite glass carafe even comes with a cork stopper to keep your brew fresh for days. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 10 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers to Keep You Cool and Caffeinated," 26 May 2020 The new stoppers are standard on the 2019 Cayenne Turbo and a $3490 option on lesser, non-hybrid Cayennes. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Brake-Dust Busters: Porsche's New Brake Rotors Promise to Keep Wheels Clean," 15 Apr. 2020 Named after former the legendary Soviet Union star Lev Yashin - the only goalkeeper ever to have won the Ballon d'Or back in 1963 - the new trophy from France Football gives recognition to the year's best stopper., "Alisson Headlines Yachine Trophy Shortlist With Four Premier League Goalkeepers Nominated," 21 Oct. 2019 The streak stopper: A rookie pitcher But rookie pitcher John Farrell, of all people, had Molitor's number on this occasion. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Paul Molitor's hitting streak comes to a dramatic conclusion," 13 Apr. 2020 Befitting the impresario, the property is a big, modern show-stopper, from its lush green driveway off Sunset Boulevard to its 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space. Christian L. Wright, New York Times, "5 New Standout Hotels in Los Angeles," 22 Feb. 2020 The Lions envision him as a tight end stopper, and Harmon should fill the free safety role after coming over from New England in a March trade. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Predicting Detroit Lions' 2020 depth chart after NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2020 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, "Democratic debate in Detroit: 7 things to watch for on Night 1," 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., "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

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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