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 In addition to the efforts of these two wine companies, cork producers—a wine-adjacent business—have been investing in technology to produce higher-quality stoppers over the past decade while zero-waste initiatives were simultaneously developed. Fortune, "How Portugal Became the Epicenter of Sustainability for the Wine Industry," 18 Aug. 2019 Former Manchester United stopper Ben Foster narrowly takes the title as the oldest member of this top 10 at 36 years of age., "Premier League Appearances: The 10 Current Players With the Most Games," 13 Aug. 2019 Role: Defensive stopper, continue offensive growth. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Analyzing the Detroit Pistons roster and predicting the depth chart," 22 July 2019 No amount of explaining, pointing, trying different words, got me a sink stopper. Los Angeles Times, "Readers’ laundry tips and secrets for keeping clothes clean while traveling," 4 Sep. 2019 And even then, there was the matter of him being a progress stopper, considering that Hurns was set to be no more than the fourth or fifth receiver on the pecking order behind Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. Clarence E. Hill Jr.,, "Cowboys sever ties with former Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns," 23 July 2019 Pernell McPhee has proven to be a better run stopper than pass rusher, and outside linebackers Tim Williams and Shane Ray have been disappointing. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Ravens’ strengths might not be enough to overcome weaknesses as they transition to games that count," 30 Aug. 2019 And for the show stopper, Packers’ defensive lineman Mike Daniels. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Peers rank Raiders Antonio Brown No. 7 player in the NFL; ‘He’s like a magician’," 1 Aug. 2019 The Buffs have been looking for inside linebacker depth and will continue to audition for a stopper up the middle to partner with Nate Landman, who recorded 123 tackles and four sacks last season. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Santino Marchiol, former Cherry Creek HS football player, won’t be allowed to join CU Buffs, Mel Tucker says," 18 July 2019 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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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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