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

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

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

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

Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n 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

n (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

v remove tree stumps from

stump a field”
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v walk heavily

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

v travel through a district and make political speeches

“the candidate stumped the Northeast”
Type of:
campaign, run
run, stand, or compete for an office or a position

v cause to be perplexed or confounded

“This problem stumped her”
mix up
Type of:
amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
be a mystery or bewildering to

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