forstop

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forstoppen, from Old English forstoppian (to stop up, close), equivalent to for- +‎ stop. Cognate with Dutch verstoppen (to clog, obstruct, conceal), German verstopfen (to block, clog, plug, stop up), Swedish förstoppa (to constipate).

Verb[edit]

forstop (third-person singular simple present forstops, present participle forstopping, simple past and past participle forstopped)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To stop up; block; clog; obstruct; (one's breath) to stifle; (a watercourse) to dam up.