estop

verb

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

transitive verb

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of estop was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Estop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estop. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

estop

transitive verb
es·​top es-ˈtäp How to pronounce estop (audio)
estopped; estopping
: to impede or bar by estoppel
Etymology

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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