There are three ways to stump: you can ask someone a question they can’t answer, you can travel making political speeches, or you can stomp.

Stump can mean many things as a verb. The most common use is when someone — like a teacher — asks a question that no one can answer. That’s a case of the teacher stumping the class. Also, politicians traveling through a district, making speeches are stumping, giving what are called stump speeches. Once in a while, to stump means the same thing as two similar words, stomp and stamp. If you’re stumping, stomping, and stamping around, you’re making a lot of noise with your feet.

Definitions of stump
  1. noun

    the base part of a tree that remains standing after the tree has been felled

    tree stump
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    (forestry) the stump of a tree that has been felled or headed for the production of saplings
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    plant part, plant structure

    any part of a plant or fungus

  2. noun

    the part of a limb or tooth that remains after the rest is removed

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    body part

    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

  3. noun

    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it

    ambo, dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox
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    a raised horizontal surface

  4. noun

    (cricket) any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket

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    an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position

  5. verb

    remove tree stumps from

    stump a field”
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  6. verb

    walk heavily

    stamp, stomp
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    use one’s feet to advance; advance by steps

  7. verb

    travel through a district and make political speeches

    “the candidate
    stumped the Northeast”
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    campaign, run

    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position

  8. verb

    cause to be perplexed or confounded

    “This problem
    stumped her”
    mix up

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