Synonyms of stopgap

(Entry 1 of 2)

a temporary replacement
  • the coach we have now was only hired as a stopgap until someone with more experience is found

Synonyms for stopgap

Words Related to stopgap



Synonyms & Antonyms of stopgap (Entry 2 of 2)

as in backup, makeshift

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for stopgap

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for stopgap

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for stopgap


resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon. exhausted all of their resources a last resort expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible. a flimsy expedient shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient. desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference. old equipment employed as a makeshift stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure. a new law intended only as a stopgap

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stopgap

Time Traveler for stopgap

Time Traveler

The first known use of stopgap was in 1684

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Stopgap.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stopgap

Dictionary: Definition of stopgap

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stopgap

Spanish Central: Translation of stopgap

Nglish: Translation of stopgap for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of stopgap for Arabic Speakers

Comments on stopgap

What made you want to look up stopgap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!