stall


stall
\ \ Stallcompartment, booth, etc’ [OE] and stallstop’ [15] are distinct words, but they have a common ancestor, in prehistoric Germanic *stal-, *stel- ‘position’ (source of English still).
\ \ This in turn was formed from the base *sta- ‘stand’, which also produced English stand.
\ \ From *stal- was derived the noun *stallazstanding-place (for an animal)’, which has given German, Swedish, and English stall, Dutch stal, and Danish stald. A stallion [14] is etymologically a horse kept in a ‘stall’ for breeding purposes. And stable represents a parallel Latin formation to the Germanic stall (it has become specialized to a ‘building for horses’, whereas stall developed to ‘standingplace for a single animal’). The same Germanic base produced Frankish *stalposition’, which formed the basis of Old French estalerhalt’, source of the English verb stall, and also of English stale and stalemate.
\ \ Cf.STALE, STALLION, STAND, STILL

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

Synonyms:
, , / (as in a stable), , , (as in mire), , / (where things are sold), , , / (for a dignitary in the choir of a church)


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  • Stall — (st[add]l), n. [OE. stal, AS. steall, stall, a place, seat, or station, a stable; akin to D. & OHG. stal, G. & Sw. stall, Icel. stallr, Dan. stald, originally, a standing place; akin also to G. stelle a place, stellen to place, Gr. ste llein to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — Stall, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stalled} (st[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stalling}.] [Cf. Sw. stalla, Dan. stalde.] 1. To put into a stall or stable; to keep in a stall or stalls; as, to stall an ox. [1913 Webster] Where King Latinus then his oxen… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — can refer to: * Stall (enclosure), a small enclosure, as for market goods, or for an animal ** Market stall, makeshift or mobile structures for selling market goods or serving food. * Choir stall seating in a church for the choir * Stall (engine) …   Wikipedia

  • stall — ‘compartment, booth, etc’ [OE] and stall ‘stop’ [15] are distinct words, but they have a common ancestor, in prehistoric Germanic *stal , *stel ‘position’ (source of English still). This in turn was formed from the base *sta ‘stand’, which also… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • stall — stall1 [stôl] n. [ME stal < OE steall, place, station, stall, stable, akin to OHG stal < IE base * stel , to place, set up, stiff, stem > STILL1] 1. a) Obs. a stable b) a compartment for one animal in a stable 2. any of various… …   English World dictionary

  • Stall — Stall, v. i. [AS. steallian to have room. See {Stall}, n.] 1. To live in, or as in, a stall; to dwell. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We could not stall together In the whole world. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To kennel, as dogs. Johnson. [1913 Webster] 3. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stall — Blason inconnu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stall — Sm std. (8. Jh.), mhd. stal, ahd. stal m./n., mndd. stal, mndl. stal Stammwort. Aus g. * stalla m. Stand , auch in anord. stallr Sockel, Krippe , ae. steall Stand, Stellung, Stall , afr. stall Stall . Das Wort, das mit stellen zusammengehört,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Stall — Stall, Unterkunftsraum für die Haustiere. Der Viehstall muß so angelegt sein, daß den Tieren reine, gesunde Luft, Licht, ausreichender Raum, reine Ruhe und Lagerplätze, Schutz gegen Witterung, Insekten etc. und genügende Wärme zukommen, überdies… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Stall — Stall: Das altgerm. Substantiv mhd., ahd. stal, niederl. stal, engl. stall, schwed. stall bedeutet eigentlich »Standort, Stelle« (z. T. bis in frühnhd. Zeit; s. auch die Artikel ↑ installieren und ↑ Gestell). Von ihm ist das unter ↑ stellen… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch


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