- 1[transitive, usually passive] stump somebody (informal) to ask somebody a question that is too difficult for them to answer or give them a problem that they cannot solve synonym baffle I'm stumped. I don't know how they got here before us. Farmers are aware of the problem but are stumped by what to do about it. Kate was stumped for words (= unable to answer).
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to walk in a noisy, heavy way, especially because you are angry or upset synonym stomp He stumped off, muttering under his breath.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] + adv./prep. | stump something (North American English) to travel around making political speeches, especially before an election He stumped around the country trying to build up support.
- 4[transitive] stump somebody (in cricket) (of a wicketkeeper ) to put a batsman out of the game by knocking off either of the bails (= the two pieces of wood that bridge the stumps ) with the ball, when he or she is out of the area in which the ball can be hit, but not running See related entries: Cricket Word Origin Middle 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’.Extra examples At first I was stumped by the question. His condition has stumped experts throughout Europe and the US. I’m stumped. I don’t know how they got here before us. Phrasal Verbsstump up (for something)
BrE BrE//stʌmp//; NAmE NAmE//stʌmp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stump
BrE BrE//stʌmp//; NAmE NAmE//stʌmp//he / she / it stumps
BrE BrE//stʌmps//; NAmE NAmE//stʌmps//past simple stumped
BrE BrE//stʌmpt//; NAmE NAmE//stʌmpt//past participle stumped
BrE BrE//stʌmpt//; NAmE NAmE//stʌmpt//-ing form stumping
BrE BrE//ˈstʌmpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌmpɪŋ//Cricket