AskDefine | Define stopper

Dictionary Definition



1 blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly [syn: plug, stopple]
2 an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down [syn: show-stopper, showstopper]
3 a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply [syn: conversation stopper]
4 (bridge) a playing card with a value sufficiently high to insure taking a trick in a particular suit; "if my partner has a spade stopper I can bid no trump" v : close or secure with or as if with a stopper; "She stoppered the wine bottle"; "The mothers stoppered their babies' mouths with pacifiers" [syn: stopple]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A type of knot at the end of a rope, to prevent it from unravelling
    Put a stopper in the knot.
  2. A bung or cork
    We need a stopper or the boat will sink.
  3. slang soccer goalkeeper
    He's the number one stopper in the country.
  4. In the context of "finance|slang": In the commodity futures market, someone who is long (owns) a futures contract and is demanding delivery because they want to take possession of the deliverable commodity.
    Cattle futures: spillover momentum plus evidence of a strong stopper (i.e., 96 loads demanded) should kick the opening higher.
  5. a train that calls at all or almost all stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones



Derived terms


  1. To close by using a stopper



  • /'stɔpər/|lang=nl


  1. stop (device to block path)



  • /stɔ.pe/
  • /


  1. To stop
    il faut stopper cette hostilité permanente
    This permanent hostility must be stopped.


Extensive Definition

The term stopper may refer to one of the following:
stopper in Japanese: ストッパー
stopper in Russian: Стоппер

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

KO, bar, bind, block, block up, blockade, bonnet, bung, cap, caulk, ceil, check valve, chink, choke, choke off, choke up, clincher, clog, clog up, close, cock, coif, congest, constipate, cork, cover, crown, crusher, dam, dam up, death stroke, deathblow, dome, end-all, ender, faucet, fill, fill up, final stroke, finisher, finishing stroke, foul, hat, hood, jam, kayo, kayo punch, knockout, knockout blow, last dab, lid, obstipate, obstruct, occlude, operculum, pack, peg, pin, plug, plug up, quietus, roof, roof in, sea cock, settler, sockdolager, spigot, spike, spile, spill, stanch, stay, stench, stop, stop up, stopgap, stopple, stuff, stuff up, tap, tip, top, valve
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