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stump

noun \ ˈstəmp \

Definition of stump

1 a :the basal portion of a bodily part remaining after the rest is removed
b :a rudimentary or vestigial bodily part
2 :the part of a plant and especially a tree remaining attached to the root after the trunk is cut
3 :a remaining part :stub
4 :one of the pointed rods stuck in the ground to form a cricket wicket
5 :a place or occasion for public speaking (as for a cause or candidate); also :the circuit followed by a maker of such speeches used especially in the phrase on the stump

Origin and Etymology of stump

Middle English stumpe; akin to Old High German stumpf stump and perhaps to Middle English stampen to stamp

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stump

verb

Definition of stump

transitive verb
1 :to reduce to a stump :trim
2 a :dare, challenge
b :to frustrate the progress or efforts of :baffle
3 :to clear (land) of stumps
4 :to travel over (a region) making political speeches or supporting a cause
5 a :to walk over heavily or clumsily
b :stub 3
intransitive verb
1 :to walk heavily or clumsily
2 :to go about making political speeches or supporting a cause

stumper

noun

First Known Use of stump

1581


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stump

noun

Definition of stump

:a short thick roll of leather, felt, or paper usually pointed at both ends and used for shading or blending a drawing in crayon, pencil, charcoal, pastel, or chalk

Origin and Etymology of stump

French or Dutch dialect; French estompe, from Dutch dialect stomp, literally, stub, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German stumpf stump

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stump

verb

Definition of stump

transitive verb
:to tone or treat (a drawing) with a stump

First Known Use of stump

1807

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STUMP Defined for Kids

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stump

noun \ ˈstəmp \

Definition of stump for Students

1 :the part of a tree that remains in the ground after the tree is cut down
2 :the part of something (as a tooth or a pencil) that remains after the rest has been removed, lost, or worn away :stub

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stump

verb

Definition of stump for Students

stumped; stumping
1 :perplex, baffle
  • My question stumped the experts.
2 :to walk or walk over heavily, stiffly, or clumsily as if with a wooden leg

Medical Dictionary

stump

noun \ ˈstəmp \

medical Definition of stump

1 :the basal portion of a bodily part (as a limb) remaining after the rest is removed
2 :a rudimentary or vestigial bodily part


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