What does stump mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stump, tree stumpnoun

    the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled

  2. stumpnoun

    the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed

  3. stumpnoun

    (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket

  4. dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapboxverb

    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it

  5. stump, mix upverb

    cause to be perplexed or confounded

    "This problem stumped her"

  6. stomp, stamp, stumpverb

    walk heavily

    "The men stomped through the snow in their heavy boots"

  7. stumpverb

    travel through a district and make political speeches

    "the candidate stumped the Northeast"

  8. stumpverb

    remove tree stumps from

    "stump a field"


  1. stumpnoun

    The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.

  2. stumpnoun

    The place where a campaign takes place.

  3. stumpnoun

    An occasion at which the campaign takes place.

  4. stumpnoun

    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.

  5. stumpnoun

    An artists' drawing tool made of rolled paper used to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media.

  6. stumpnoun

    A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.

  7. stumpverb

    to stop, confuse, or puzzle

  8. stumpverb

    to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.

    This last question has me stumped.

  9. stumpverb

    to campaign

    He's been stumping for that reform for months.

  10. stumpverb

    to get a batsman out stumped

  11. stumpverb

    to walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STUMPnoun

    The part of any solid body remaining after the rest is taken away.

    Etymology: stumpe, Danish; stompe, Dutch; stompen, Dan. to lop.

    He struck so strongly, that the knotty sting
    Of his huge tail he quite in sunder cleft;
    Five joints thereof he hew’d, and but the stump him left. Edmund Spenser.

    Your colt’s tooth is not cast yet. —— Not while I have a stump. William Shakespeare.

    He through the bushes scrambles;
    A stump doth trip him in his pace;
    Down comes poor Hob upon his face,
    Amongst the briers and brambles. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.

    Who, ’cause they’re wasted to the stumps,
    Are represented best by rumps. Hudibras.

    A coach-horse snapt off the end of his finger, and I dressed the stump with common digestive. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    A poor ass, now wore out to the stumps, fell down under his load. Roger L'Estrange.

    Against a stump his tusks the monster grinds,
    And in the sharpen’d edge new vigour finds. Dryden.

    A tongue might have some resemblance to the stump of a feather. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    Worn to the stumps in the service of the maids, ’tis thrown out of doors, or condemned to kindle a fire. Jonathan Swift.


  1. stump

    A stump is the base portion of a tree that is left standing after the upper part has been cut down or has fallen. This term can also refer to the remainder of a body part, particularly a limb, that has been amputated. Additionally, it can denote an object, platform, or situation used by someone making a public speech, often in a political context (as in 'campaign stump').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stumpnoun

    the part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub

  2. Stumpnoun

    the part of a limb or other body remaining after a part is amputated or destroyed; a fixed or rooted remnant; a stub; as, the stump of a leg, a finger, a tooth, or a broom

  3. Stumpnoun

    the legs; as, to stir one's stumps

  4. Stumpnoun

    one of the three pointed rods stuck in the ground to form a wicket and support the bails

  5. Stumpnoun

    a short, thick roll of leather or paper, cut to a point, or any similar implement, used to rub down the lines of a crayon or pencil drawing, in shading it, or for shading drawings by producing tints and gradations from crayon, etc., in powder

  6. Stumpnoun

    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 fence; also, a pin or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable piece

  7. Stumpverb

    to cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop

  8. Stumpverb

    to strike, as the toes, against a stone or something fixed; to stub

  9. Stumpverb

    to challenge; also, to nonplus

  10. Stumpverb

    to travel over, delivering speeches for electioneering purposes; as, to stump a State, or a district. See To go on the stump, under Stump, n

  11. Stumpnoun

    to put (a batsman) out of play by knocking off the bail, or knocking down the stumps of the wicket he is defending while he is off his allotted ground; -- sometimes with out

  12. Stumpnoun

    to bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket

  13. Stumpverb

    to walk clumsily, as if on stumps

  14. Etymology: [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G. stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to E. stamp.]


  1. Stump

    Stump is a term used in the sport of cricket where it has three meanings, part of the wicket, a manner of dismissing a batsman and the end of the day's play.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stump

    stump, n. the part of a tree left in the ground after the trunk is cut down: the part of a body remaining after a part is cut off or destroyed: (cricket) one of the three sticks forming a wicket.—v.t. to reduce to a stump, to truncate, to cut off a part of: to strike unexpectedly, as the foot against something fixed: (cricket) to knock down the wickets when the batsman is out of his ground: to bring to a stop by means of some obstacle or other, to defeat, ruin: (U.S.) to challenge to do something difficult: to make stump-speeches throughout a district, constituency, &c.: (slang) to pay down, hand over (with up).—v.i. to walk along heavily: to make stump-speeches.—ns. Stump′er, one who stumps; Stump′-or′ator, one who harangues the multitude from a temporary platform, as the stump of a tree: a speaker who travels about the country, and whose appeals are mainly to the passions of his audience; Stump′-or′atory; Stump′-speech, an impromptu speech delivered on any improvised platform, any speech made all round a district by some frothy agitator.—adj. Stump′y, full of stumps, short and thick.—n. (slang) cash.—Stump out (cricket), to put out by knocking down the stump or wicket. [Ice. stumpr; Ger. stumpf, nasalised form of stub.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stump

    A derogatory but well-known name in navigating our eastern coasts for the beautiful tower of Boston church. (See SNAGS.)

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STUMP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stump is ranked #2539 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stump surname appeared 14,257 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Stump.

    93.6% or 13,352 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 277 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 248 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.4% or 202 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 106 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 73 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stump in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stump in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of stump in a Sentence

  1. Seneca Scott:

    If you can look at it from all angles, and it’s probably two people hugging each other, it’s four hands. It’s not the missing heads that’s the atrocity that other people clamp onto that; it’s a stump that looked like a penis. That’s a joke.

  2. Jim Steer:

    No private party is actually going to stump up the kind of money needed to create these things.

  3. Richard Tarrant:

    His style is a little gruff. You can poke at him and get him angry, but he's good at rolling out of it, he's got numbers, he's got facts, and if he gets caught by surprise he'll shift really quickly to his stump message. I don't think Hillary stands a chance against him.

  4. Karen Crawford:

    I have never seen anything like it before. The squirrel had its paw raised and the bird had its beak wide open, it was like they were going to have a fight. Karen Crawford, 59, captured the face-off as the pair appeared to be having a row over a handful of nuts on a tree trunk. In the shot, the red squirrel is perched vertically on a tree stump with its paw in the air, as the bird sits on the other side with its beak wide open. (Credit: SWNS) Perhaps even more remarkable, Crawford admitted she did not even realize she took the photos until she got home. I thought wow when I got home and saw the picture and the reaction I have had to it has been really strong.

  5. William S. Gilbert:

    If you wish in this world to advance Your merits you're bound to enhance You must stir it and stump it, And blow your own trumpet, Or, trust me, you haven't a chance.

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