From Middle English stumpe, stompe (“stump”), from or akin to Middle Low German stump (“stump”), from Proto-Germanic *stumpaz (“stump, blunt, part cut off”), from Proto-Indo-European *stÁb(h)-, *stemb(h)- (“to support, stamp, become angry, be astonished”). Cognate with Middle Dutch stomp (“stump”), Old High German stumph (“stump”) (German Stumpf), Old Norse stumpr (“stump”). More at stop.
stump (plural stumps)
- The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.
- (politics) The place where a campaign takes place.
- (politics) An occasion at which the campaign takes place.
- (cricket) One of three small wooden posts which together with the bails make the wicket and that the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball.
- (drawing) An artists’ drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media.
- A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.
- (slang, humorous) A leg.
- to stir one's stumps
- A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to throwing the bolt except when the gates of the tumblers are properly arranged, as by the key.
- A pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece.
- (transitive) to stop, confuse, or puzzle
- (intransitive) to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.
- This last question has me stumped.
- (intransitive) to campaign
- He’s been stumping for that reform for months.
- (transitive, US, colloquial) to travel over (a state, a district, etc.) giving speeches for electioneering purposes
- (transitive, cricket, of a wicket keeper) to get a batsman out stumped
- (transitive, cricket) to bowl down the stumps of (a wicket)
- A herd of boys with clamour bowled, / And stumped the wicket.
- (intransitive) to walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge
- stump in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- stump in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- stump at OneLook Dictionary Search