stopper

noun
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

stopper

verb
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

Harrison is one of the best run-stoppers in the NFL and arguably the most important player on defense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' defense, special teams: What to expect from 2019 crew," 5 Sep. 2019 Cocktails are a strength; the show-stopper is the Berries & Bubbles, a vodka and sparkling wine drink with marinated berries and enough dry ice to keep the cocktail smoking for 10 minutes or more. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Ocean Prime’s seafood is primo, but pricy," 24 July 2019 Here’s the background on Joe Biden’s history with school busing Kamala Harris brought the show-stopper. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "In The Presidential Debate, Biden and Buttigieg Fall Short on Race: RaceAhead," 28 June 2019 Over time Martin has gone from a defensive liability to a perimeter stopper. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: You have no idea how hard Kelan Martin worked for 1,991 points," 15 Mar. 2018 Clark is a strong shot stopper that is also good with his feet. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United: Players to watch, TV Channel, how to watch live stream online," 16 Aug. 2019 The Chilean has earned a reputation as a specialist penalty stopper and guessed right to save Georginio Wijnaldum's decisive effort. Matias Grez, CNN, "Manchester City beats Liverpool to begin defense of its domestic quadruple," 4 Aug. 2019 In terms of outgoings, Simon Mignolet's future at Anfield looks set to have run its course after Crystal Palace expressed their interest in the Belgian stopper and are weighing up an £8m move for the goalkeeper. SI.com, "Liverpool to Finalise Sepp van den Berg Deal After Dutch Starlet Flies to London for Talks," 27 June 2019 Nearly four months after Eimers' 17-year-old daughter, Hannah, died in a car crash in November, Tennessee sent a nearly $3,000 bill for repairs to the X-Lite guardrail stopper Hannah collided with. CBS News, "Father of teen killed by guardrail says state is playing "Russian roulette"," 28 Mar. 2017

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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "'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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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stopper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stopper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something that stops something
: something that is used to block an opening

stopper

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stopper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to close (something) with a stopper

stopper

noun
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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