- 1[intransitive, transitive] (of a vehicle or an engine) to stop suddenly because of a lack of power or speed; to make a vehicle or engine do this The car stalled and refused to start again. I kept stalling. stall something I stalled the car three times during my driving test. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents, Driving
- 2[intransitive] stall (on/over something) to try to avoid doing something or answering a question so that you have more time They are still stalling on the deal. ‘What do you mean?’ she asked, stalling for time. The opposition party was angered by the Prime Minister’s stalling tactics.
- 3[transitive] stall somebody to make somebody wait so that you have more time to do something See if you can stall her while I finish searching her office.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] stall (something) to stop something from happening until a later date; to stop making progress attempts to revive the stalled peace plan Discussions have once again stalled. Word Origin Old English steall ‘stable or cattle shed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stal, also to stand. Early senses of the verb included ‘reside, dwell’ and ‘bring to a halt’.Extra examples Discussions were effectively stalled by the union’s refusal to participate. He asked them all kinds of pointless questions, stalling for time. The peace process is currently stalled. ‘What do you mean?’ she asked, stalling for time. The opposition party was angered by the Prime Minister’s stalling tactics. There have been several attempts to revive the stalled peace plan. They could stall the process further by asking for a judicial review.
BrE BrE//stɔːl//; NAmE NAmE//stɔːl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stall
BrE BrE//stɔːl//; NAmE NAmE//stɔːl//he / she / it stalls
BrE BrE//stɔːlz//; NAmE NAmE//stɔːlz//past simple stalled
BrE BrE//stɔːld//; NAmE NAmE//stɔːld//past participle stalled
BrE BrE//stɔːld//; NAmE NAmE//stɔːld//-ing form stalling
BrE BrE//ˈstɔːlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɔːlɪŋ//Motoring problems and accidents, Driving