At twenty-five minutes to ten we stopt at Grand Cess, Liberia.
But though they fly from nature, yet are they stopt in their course, and apprehended.
Here Jones stopt short, and directing his eyes upwards, stood for a while silent.
It is the air we breathe; and if the breath were stopt, we all know that we should die.
It came on still—it stopt—it was at their own door it stopt.
T hath swallowed me almost; my breath is stopt: I cannot speak!
Deeming this an ill-bred and unauthorised intrusion, they all stopt.
She stopt; for the countenance of Eugenia said—'And is that not your motive?'
Camilla stopt her flight; and Miss Dennel, appeased, called out; 'La!
Edgar surprized, stopt short; this seemed to him less impertinent.
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.
late 15c., from stop (v.).