stump: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (stump), [key]
- the lower end of a tree or plant left after the main part falls or is cut off; a standing tree trunk from which the upper part and branches have been removed.
- the part of a limb of the body remaining after the rest has been cut off.
- a part of a broken or decayed tooth left in the gum.
- a short remnant, as of a candle; stub.
- any basal part remaining after the main or more important part has been removed.
- an artificial leg.
- Usually,legs: Stir your stumps and get out of here.
- a short, stocky person.
- a heavy step or gait, as of a wooden-legged or lame person.
- the figurative place of political speechmaking: to go on the stump.
- a support for the front end of the arm of a chair, sofa, etc. Cf. (def. 2).
- a short, thick roll of paper, soft leather, or some similar material, usually having a blunt point, for rubbing a pencil, charcoal, or crayon drawing in order to achieve subtle gradations of tone in representing light and shade.
- each of the three upright sticks that, with the two bails laid on top of them, form a wicket.
- at a loss; embarrassed; perplexed: Sociologists are up a stump over the sharp rise in juvenile delinquency and crime.
- to reduce to a stump; truncate; lop.
- to clear of stumps, as land.
- to stub, as one's toe.
- to nonplus, embarrass, or render completely at a loss: This riddle stumps me.
- to challenge or dare to do something.
- to make political campaign speeches to or in: to stump a state.
- (of the wicketkeeper) to put (a batsman) out by knocking down a stump or by dislodging a bail with the ball held in the hand at a moment when the batsman is off his ground.
- to tone or modify (a crayon drawing, pencil rendering, etc.) by means of a stump.
- to walk heavily or clumsily, as if with a wooden leg: The captain stumped across the deck.
- to make political campaign speeches; electioneer.
- stump (Thesaurus)