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 Push it down to send the screw into the cork and removes the stopper from the bottle. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Tools to upgrade your home bar," 5 Jan. 2021 Gives you pinpoint control over brew time and has a convenient stopper that allows coffee to drip straight into your favorite mug. Washington Post, "Each coffee brewing method has pros and cons. We tried 5 to help you find your perfect cup.," 8 Mar. 2021 While McPhee is a stout enough run stopper to line up over guards, the defense also seems to trust Judon, Bowser, Ward and Ferguson to hold their own and set the edge. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: How Yannick Ngakoue’s arrival could change the pass rush," 23 Oct. 2020 The Bronco uses a steel stopper for the door hinges on the body, instead of a door strap. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Door and Roof Removal: Bronco vs. Wrangler," 2 Mar. 2021 The Chiefs will counter with a pass rush spearheaded by defensive tackle Chris Jones and a secondary largely controlled by safety Tyrann Mathieu, a run stopper and takeaway machine. New York Times, "Super Bowl LV Prediction: Why the Chiefs Will Beat the Buccaneers," 5 Feb. 2021 But, that run stopper is also a push the pocket guy. Dallas News, "Cowboys great DeMarcus Ware says Tony Romo is ‘perfect candidate’ for Pro Football Hall of Fame," 13 Feb. 2021 Shows versatility in both as a past defender and a run stopper. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mel Tucker: Michigan State football must 'gain ground' through recruiting, transfer portal," 3 Feb. 2021 That is when one of the scientists heard about the insect-repelling properties of nepetalactone, which about 2 decades ago was shown to be as good as the famed mosquito-stopper DEET. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, "Why cats are crazy for catnip," 20 Jan. 2021 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 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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