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[stop-er] /ˈstɒp ər/
a person or thing that stops.
a plug, cork, bung, or other piece for closing a bottle, tube, drain, or the like.
Informal. something or someone that commands attention, as an unusual window display or a flamboyant person.
Cards. a card in a suit that prevents the successive taking of all tricks in the suit by the opponents.
Baseball Slang. a formidably and consistently effective pitcher counted on to win, as a team's best starting pitcher or a superior reliever often called on to preserve a victory; pitching ace.
verb (used with object)
to close, secure, or fit with a stopper.
Origin of stopper
1470-80; stop + -er1
Related forms
stopperless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stopper
  • Seal the container with the rubber stopper and insert an airlock into it.
  • Now he's also known as a crime stopper with a champion bear hug.
  • Instead of the old, stiff gore wind stopper material, this is light and flexible.
  • By the end of the climb the hat was doing double duty as a wicking sweat stopper.
  • With a gag in his mouth and a stopper in his rectum he would be given periodic beatings with rubber poles.
  • He started with the cap but then moved on to the nub end and started teasing the plastic stopper with his capped yellow teeth.
  • The problem with rage is that it's a conversation-stopper, it forecloses all other questions.
  • Her smile is still a show- stopper, but she has crow's-feet now and a short, sensible permanent.
  • The high-pressure air rushes into the piston chamber, forcing the piston back up and putting the ball stopper back in place.
  • The fact that it has cleared a gap is a show-stopper.
British Dictionary definitions for stopper


Also stopple (ˈstɒpəl). a plug or bung for closing a bottle, pipe, duct, etc
a person or thing that stops or puts an end to something
(bridge) another name for stop (sense 39)
(transitive) Also stopple. to close or fit with a stopper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stopper

"glass plug for a bottle neck," 1660s, agent noun from stop (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stopper

stop dead in the tracks

verb phrase

To stop someone or something very definitely and abruptly: The economy could be stopped dead in its tracks

[1950s+; fr the image of a person or animal dropping straight down on being struck; ''to shoot or kill someone dead in his tracks'' is found by 1824]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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