Definition of stumper in English:



  • 1North American A puzzling question.

    ‘this one's a stumper’
    • ‘Although the idea for the Lachine Canal dates back to the earliest days of the ancien régime in New France, getting the project going was a real stumper.’
    • ‘Giles was the more effective spinner but he wasn't exactly aided by his stumper.’
    • ‘Sometimes crime investigation is so difficult, like the real stumper for Fort Worth, Texas, detectives.’
    • ‘The only stumper: Would you rather be rich and ugly or good-looking and poor?’
    • ‘After last week's stumper, we'll end the round on an easy one.’
    • ‘Here's a stumper - if a graffiti artist takes can to canvas, not train car, and hangs it in a gallery, is it still graffiti?’
    • ‘To this question, I quickly replied the first thing that came to my head - the age-old stumper, ‘Can God create a rock he cannot lift?’’
    puzzle, conundrum, brain-teaser, chinese puzzle, problem, unsolved problem, question, poser, enigma, mystery, quandary, paradox
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  • 2Cricket
    A wicketkeeper.

    • ‘Bombay and India stumper, Madhav Mantri, impressed by his enthusiasm, arranged to send him to school.’
    • ‘However, what his detractors always ignore is that Chris Read, the superior stumper but infinitely inferior batsman, was not infallible with gloves on.’
    • ‘He is not a shuffler and nudger of the ball like many stumpers, but a classical batsman.’
    • ‘Former Australian stumper Ian Healy has praised young wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, with whom he has been working with in recent months, and said the Indian teenager has a bright future.’
    • ‘Ajay Ratra, one of India's young wicket-keeping options, will be India's stumper on this tour.’