es·​top | \ e-ˈstäp How to pronounce estop (audio) \
estopped; estopping

Definition of estop

transitive verb

1 archaic : to stop up
2 : bar specifically : to impede by estoppel

First Known Use of estop

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for estop

Middle English estoppen, from Anglo-French estoper, estuper, from Vulgar Latin *stuppare to stop with a tow — more at stop

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“Estop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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transitive verb
es·​top | \ es-ˈtäp How to pronounce estop (audio) \
estopped; estopping

Legal Definition of estop

: to impede or bar by estoppel

History and Etymology for estop

Anglo-French estop(p)er, literally, to stop up, from Middle French estouper, ultimately from Latin stuppa hemp fiber (used for plugging holes)


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