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


Stop for us at the Laurels, about eleven, or p'r'aps I'll stroll over and get you.

To the porter who answered his ring he handed the message to be put off at the first stop.

Stop her—say Miss Milbrey wishes to ask a favour of her; and Jarvis.

But did you ever stop to think what happens when you write a letter?

I'd worked wid my mouf full of dust, but could not stop to get a drink of water.

Yet he knew that he was not fatally injured if he could stop that mortal drain of his wounds.

And there is much to be done and to be said, but take my word for it: This scourge will stop.

Did you ask him would he stop Bartley going this day with the horses to the Galway fair?

He won't go this day, for the young priest will stop him surely.

I did not stop to put on my clothes until I had got two or three miles from the plantation.


Old English -stoppian (in forstoppian "to stop up, stifle"), a general West Germanic word (cf. West Frisian stopje, Middle Low German stoppen, Old High German stopfon, German stopfen "to plug, stop up," Old Low Frankish (be)stuppon "to stop (the ears)"), but held by many sources to be a borrowing from Vulgar Latin *stuppare "to stop or stuff with tow or oakum" (cf. Italian stoppare, French étouper "to stop with tow"), from Latin stuppa "coarse part of flax, tow." Plugs made of tow were used from ancient times in Rhine valley. Barnhart, at least, proposes the whole Germanic group rather might be native, from a base *stoppon.

Sense of "bring or come to a halt" (mid-15c.) is from notion of preventing a flow by blocking a hole, and the word's development in this sense is unique to English, though it since has been widely adopted in other languages; perhaps influenced by Latin stupere "be stunned, be stupefied." Stop-and-go (adj.) is from 1926, originally a reference to traffic signals.


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