stump

noun (1)
\ ˈstəmp How to pronounce stump (audio) \

Definition of stump

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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

stump

verb (1)
stumped; stumping; stumps

Definition of stump (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to a stump : trim
2a : 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
5a : to walk over heavily or clumsily

intransitive verb

1 : to walk heavily or clumsily
2 : to go about making political speeches or supporting a cause

stump

noun (2)

Definition of stump (Entry 3 of 4)

: 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

stump

verb (2)
stumped; stumping; stumps

Definition of stump (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from stump

Verb (1)

stumper noun

First Known Use of stump

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1581, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1778, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stump

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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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The first known use of stump was in the 14th century

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“Stump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stump. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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stump

noun
\ ˈstəmp How to pronounce stump (audio) \

Kids Definition of stump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stump

verb
stumped; stumping

Kids Definition of stump (Entry 2 of 2)

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

stump

noun
\ ˈstəmp How to pronounce stump (audio) \

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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