[ stop-ij ]
/ ˈstɒp ɪdʒ /


an act or instance of stopping; cessation of activity: the stoppage of all work at the factory.
the state of being stopped: During the stoppage of bus service he drove to work.

Nearby words

  1. stoping,
  2. stoplight,
  3. stoplight party,
  4. stopover,
  5. stoppable,
  6. stoppage time,
  7. stoppard,
  8. stoppard, tom,
  9. stopped,
  10. stopped diapason

Origin of stoppage

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at stop, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stoppage

British Dictionary definitions for stoppage


/ (ˈstɒpɪdʒ) /


the act of stopping or the state of being stopped
something that stops or blocks
a deduction of money, as from pay
an organized cessation of work, as during a strike
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Word Origin and History for stoppage



mid-15c., from stop + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper