adjective Prosody.
  1. (of a line of verse) ending at the end of a syntactic unit that is usually followed by a pause in speaking and a punctuation mark in writing.

Origin of end-stopped

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for end-stopped

Historical Examples of end-stopped

  • The rhythm of the meter is also varied by the alternating of end-stopped and run-on lines, as in the last quotation.

  • An end-stopped line has a pause at the end, usually indicated by some mark of punctuation.

  • Obviously one may find such clear phrase-pauses, without punctuation, as will justify the caption "end-stopped."

    English Verse

    Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

  • Here we have blank verse, distinctively Fletcherian with its feminine endings and its end-stopped lines.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist

    Charles Mills Gayley

British Dictionary definitions for end-stopped


  1. (of verse) having a pause at the end of each line
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