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 stopper (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 Greg Kinnear, who didn’t shoot any scenes with Liotta, but ran into him multiple times on set, remembers the legendary actor as an absolute show-stopper. Carson Burton, Variety, 30 June 2022 Vintage tile bathrooms often come with other bygone luxuries: tidy mortar that lasts forever, a tub stopper that actually stops water, and the holy grail itself — high water pressure. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 The Milwaukee Brewers needed Eric Lauer to step up and be a stopper on Saturday afternoon. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2022 This is usually a conversation stopper in Los Angeles, but not today. New York Times, 13 May 2022 Paschal is a good run-stopper and joins Aidan Hutchinson in an interesting defensive end room in Detroit. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 But at this point, emerging as a Jimmy Butler stopper this postseason might be something easier said than done. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 19 May 2022 Talk about a show stopper at your next dinner party! Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 Polka dots and an enormous white rose sitting atop a feminine bow add the extra embellishments to make this hat a Kentucky Derby show stopper. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 15 Apr. 2022 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, 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., 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., 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, 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., 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., 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., 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., 27 July 2017 See More

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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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19 Jul 2022

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“Stopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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