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
    synonyms: tree stump
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    (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
  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
    synonyms: ambo, dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox
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    type of:
    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
    synonyms: stamp, stomp
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    type of:
    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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    type of:
    campaign, run
    run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
  8. verb
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    “This problem stumped her”
    synonyms: mix up
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