verb (used with object), es·topped, es·top·ping.

Law. to hinder or prevent by estoppel.
Archaic. to stop.

Origin of estop

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French estopper, Old French estoper to stop up, derivative of estoupe < Latin stuppa tow. Cf. stuff
Related formsun·es·topped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for estopped

bar, obstruct, plug, preclude, prevent, prohibit

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verb -tops, -topping or -topped (tr)

law to preclude by estoppel
archaic to stop
Derived Formsestoppage, noun

Word Origin for estop

C15: from Old French estoper to plug, ultimately from Latin stuppa tow; see stop
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Word Origin and History for estopped



1530s, from Anglo-French estopper "to stop, bar, hinder" (especially in a legal sense, by one's own prior act or declaration), from Old French estoper "plug, stop up, block; prevent, halt" (also in obscene usage), from estope "tow, oakum," from Latin stuppa "tow" (used as a plug); see stop (v.).

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