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stopword

or stop word

[ stop-wurd ]
/ ˈstɒpˌwɜrd /
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noun
any of a number of very commonly used words, as a, and, in, and to, that are normally excluded by computer search engines or when compiling a concordance.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of stopword

First recorded in 1965–70; stop + word
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