follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

stopgap

[stop-gap] /ˈstɒpˌgæp/
noun
1.
something that fills the place of something else that is lacking; temporary substitute; makeshift:
Candles are a stopgap when the electricity fails.
adjective
2.
makeshift:
This is only a stopgap solution.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stop a gap
Synonyms
2. improvised, temporary, substitute, impromptu.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for stop-gap

stopgap

/ˈstɒpˌɡæp/
noun
1.
  1. a temporary substitute for something else
  2. (as modifier) a stopgap programme
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for stop-gap
stopgap
1680s, from stop + gap.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for stopgap

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for stop

6
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with stop-gap