Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It was Philip Crane, standing just outside of the stall, who thus addressed him.

In rushing from Lauzanne's stall Allis had left the door swinging on its hinges.

And pushing, crowding, hugging the side of the stall, Mortimer fought his way to the girl.

Somehow he felt that he must drive the horses back, back, out of the stall.

I had a peep at him in the stall, an' he's lookin' purty fit.

A boy in my stable happened to be in the stall an' heard 'em.

At last there was the summons to saddle, and Lauzanne was brought into the stall by Dixon.

Over at The Dutchman's stall there was a very confident party.

Carelessly he stepped to the back of the stall, touching Westley as he passed.

He may think he can sneak around because you're a woman and stall you.


"place in a stable for animals," Old English steall "place where cattle are kept, place, position," from Proto-Germanic *stallaz (cf. Old Norse stallr "pedestal for idols, altar," Old Frisian stal, Old High German stall "stand, place, stable, stall," German Stall "stable," Stelle "place"), earlier *stalnaz- or *stathlo-, from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand," with derivatives referring to a standing object or place (cf. Greek stele "standing block, slab," Latin stolidus "insensible, dull, brutish," properly "unmovable").

The word passed into Romanic languages (cf. Italian stallo "place," stalla "stable;" Old French estal "place, position, stand, stall," French étal "butcher's stall"). Several meanings, including that of "a stand for selling" (mid-13c., implied in stallage "tax levied for the privilege of erecting a stall at a market or fair"), are from (or influenced by) Old French estal. Meaning "partially enclosed seat in a choir" is attested from c.1400; that of "urinal in a men's room" is from 1967.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.