Definition of stump noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//stʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stʌmp//
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  1. 1 [countable] the bottom part of a tree left in the ground after the rest has fallen or been cut down
  2. 2[countable] the end of something or the part that is left after the main part has been cut, broken off or worn away the stump of a pencil
  3. 3[countable] the short part of somebody’s leg or arm that is left after the rest has been cut off
  4. 4[countable, usually plural] (in cricket) one of the set of three vertical wooden sticks (called the stumps) that form the wicket the leg/middle/off stump The ball went past the batsman and hit the stumps. See related entries: Cricket
  5. 5the stump [singular] (informal, especially North American English) the fact of a politician going to different places before an election and trying to get people’s support by making speeches The senator gave his standard stump speech. politicians on the stump
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a part of a limb remaining after an amputation): from Middle Low German stump(e) or Middle Dutch stomp. The early sense of the verb was ‘stumble’.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English, informal) to begin to move; to hurry
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stump