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Dictionary Definition



1 the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled [syn: tree stump]
2 the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed
3 (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket
4 a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it [syn: dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, soapbox]


1 cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her" [syn: mix up]
2 walk heavily; "The men stomped through the snow in their heavy boots" [syn: stomp, stamp]
3 travel through a district and make political speeches; "the candidate stumped the Northeast"
4 remove tree stumps from; "stump a field"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb
  2. the place where a campaign takes place
  3. an occasion at which the campaign takes place
  4. 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. In the context of "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
  6. wooden or concrete poles used to support a house.


remains of something that has been cut off
(cricket) a wooden post forming part of the wicket


  1. to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.
    This last question has me stumped.
  2. to campaign
    He’s been stumping for that reform for months.''
  3. In the context of "transitive|cricket|of a wicket keeper": to get a batsman out stumped
  4. to walk heavily or clumsily

Related terms


to baffle or confuse
to campaign
to get a batsman out stumped
to walk heavily or clumsily

See also

Extensive Definition

Stump may refer to:
  • Stump (tree), the remains of a tree that has been felled
  • Stump (cricket), three small wooden posts which the fielding team attempt to hit with the ball
  • Stump, in politics, the place where a stump speech is given or an occasion where the campaign takes place
  • Stump (band), a band from Cork, Ireland
  • Stump (drawing), an artists' drawing tool made of rolled paper
  • Stump, a coastal landform which forms when a stack is eroded, leaving a small rock island, usually small enough to be submerged at high tide
  • Stump, the remains of a limb after amputation
  • Ogier Stump, the governing body for the Ogier in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series
  • Stump (game), a drinking game
  • Stumpwm, an X window manager written in Common Lisp
  • Stump (film), a 2002 Australian film
  • Decision stump, a weak learner model in Machine Learning
  • Stump, a fictitious asteroid from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series
  • Patrick Stump, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Fall Out Boy
stump in German: Stump

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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