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Stump appears in the following tongue twister:

  • A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk,
    but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stump:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stump:


The word stump is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun stump

What does stump mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: stumps

  1. the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonym of stump: tree stump
    • more generic terms: plant part / plant structure = any part of a plant or fungus
    • more specific word: stool = the stump of a tree that has been felled or headed for the production of saplings
    • part of: tree = a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown
  2. the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • part of: tooth = hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; limb = one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing
  3. (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket
    • domain: cricket
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: post = an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position
    • part of: grille / lattice / wicket = small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted
  4. a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it

Alternative definition of the noun stump


  1. The remains of something that has been cut off; especially the remains of a tree, the remains of a limb.
  2. [politics] The place where a campaign takes place.
  3. [politics] An occasion at which the campaign takes place.
  4. [cricket] 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. [context: 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. A wooden or concrete pole used to support a house.

Specialised definition of the noun stump

Glossary of sports / cricket

each of the three upright posts that form pan of the wicket (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

one of the three sticks forming (with the bails) a wicket (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb stump

What does stump mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: stumped | stumping | stumps

  1. cause to be perplexed or confounded
  2. walk heavily
  3. travel through a district and make political speeches
    • example: the candidate stumped the Northeast
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: campaign / run = run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
  4. remove tree stumps from
    • example: stump a field
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: clear = remove

Alternative definition of the verb stump


  1. [transitive] to stop, confuse, or puzzle
  2. [intransitive] to baffle; to be unable to find an answer to a question or problem.
  3. [intransitive] to campaign
  4. [transitive, cricket, of a wicket keeper] to get a batsman out stumped
  5. [intransitive] to walk heavily or clumsily, plod, trudge


"Stump" is a 2002 short comedy film written and directed by Robert Forsyth.


  1. Stump a.k.a. Buddy Junior is a fictional character from the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and appeared in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.
  2. Stump is a fictional character from the 2008 film Leatherheads.
  3. Stump is a fictional character from the film Circus Fandango.
  4. Stump is a fictional character from the 1985 film The Lightship.
  5. Stump is a fictional character from the 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic.
  6. Stump is a fictional character from the 1987 film Terminus.
  7. Stump is a fictional character from the 2011 film Rango.
  8. Stump is a fictional character from the 2008 film Drillbit Taylor.
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Phrases with Stump

Phrases starting with the word Stump:

  1. Stump Up
  2. Stump Dump
  3. stump spud
  4. Stump Camera
  5. Stump orator
  6. Stump Powder
  7. stump speech
  8. Stump-Toed Gecko
  9. Stump-Tailed Macaque
  10. Stump-Tailed Porcupine

Phrases ending with the word Stump:

  1. leg stump
  2. off stump
  3. tree stump
  4. Middle Stump
  5. Take the Stump
  6. To Take the Stump
  7. Beyond the Black Stump

Other phrases containing the word Stump:

  1. To Stump Up
  2. Hardwood Stump Borer
  3. Southwestern Stump Borer

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stump

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Google previewThe Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery (1893)

A dry antiseptic, or rather aseptic, stump is a very troublesome thing to deal with, and often greatly delays the convalescence. This sloughing and separation of the stump is the great danger in and objection to this extraperitoneal method, but ...

Google previewSports Rules Book 3rd Edition, The (2009)

by Human Kinetics (Organization), Thomas W. Hanlon

stump is the center pole of the wicket.

Google previewIssues in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion (2012)

by Eugene Thomas Long

Eleonore Stump is a Frankfurt libertarian (“Libertarian Freedom and the Principle of Alternative Possibilities', in Jeff Jordan and Daniel Howard-Snyder, eds., Faith, Freedom, and Rationality [Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1996], pp.

Google previewRethinking Hell (2014)

Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism by Christopher M. Date, Gregory G. Stump, Joshua W. Anderson

Stump is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and serves as a pastor at a Baptist church in Southern California. Joshua W. Anderson earned an MA in Philosophy from Talbot School of Theology and an MA in Theology from ...

Google previewReal Estate Law (2013)

by Marianne Jennings

Jack Stump is a real estate agent employed by Prickett's Properties who represented Zachary and Holli Gredy. After showing the Likenses' home to the Gredys, the Gredys made an oflrer to buy the home. During the weeklong negotiations that ...

Google previewAtlas of Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery (2011)

by Michael S. Baggish, Mickey M. Karram

n A cervical stump is the remnant of the uterus that remains following a subtotal hysterectomy (Fig. 50–1). Historically, supracervical hysterectomy was performed under adverse circumstances whereby rapid termination of the operation was ...

Google previewThe iPad for Photographers (2012)

Master the Newest Tool in Your Camera Bag by Jeff Carlson

Whether it's for during a shoot or for working next to your computer later, the Stump is a great little addition. Extend Your Computer Desktop with Air Display Here's a neat way to take advantage of the iPad's screen real estate when you're back ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Stump, the end left of a tree after the trunk has been cat down, (in Cricket) one of the three straight rods (27 inches high) set in the ground a little behind the popping crease. The three stumps set up with two baila on the top constitute a wicket ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Stump, stump, n. the partofa treeleft in ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2009)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

stump is moved frequently to prevent circulatory complications, contractures and tissue necrosis. If the dressing is rigid (a cast), it must remain in place for 8-14 days. Should the cast come off accidentally, the stump must be wrapped tightly at ...

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms (1877)

A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States by John Russell Bartlett

stump orator. An Ohio stumper, while making a speech, paused in the middle of it, and exclaimed : Now...

Google previewThe farmer's dictionary (1854)

a vocabulary of the technical terms recently introduced into agriculture and horticulture from various sciences, and also a compendium of practical farming, the latter chiefly from the works of the Rev. W. L. Rham, Loudon, Low and Youatt, and the most eminent American authors by Daniel Pereira Gardner

STUMP MACHINE OR EXTRACTOR. A contrivance for the extraction of stumps from new lands. They are usually on the principle of a windlass. The machines of Pratt and Witney have been often recommended. One of these will raise from 100 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Farm Implements & Antiques (2004)

by C H Wendel

Stump Pullers Whenever there was new ground to be cleared for farming, the age-old problem of ...

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Quotes about Stump

Whether you hit an owl with a stump, or a stump with an owl.
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Scrabble value of S1T1U1M3P3

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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