obstacle etymology

English word obstacle comes from Latin sto, Latin ob, and later Latin obstaculum (Obstacle, hindrance.)

Detailed word origin of obstacle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
sto Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) I [currently] am (feel). (Medieval Latin) I am [located at]. I stand. I stay, remain.
ob Latin (lat) Against; facing. In the direction of, to, towards. On account of, according to, because of, due to, for (the purpose of).
obsto Latin (lat) I stand before, in the way of.. I thwart, hinder, obstruct, block.
obstaculum Latin (lat) Obstacle, hindrance.
obstacle Old French (fro)
obstacle English (eng) Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress.

Words with the same origin as obstacle

Descendants of sto
arrest constant constitution cost distance distant establish established estate instance instant institute institution prostitute rest stable stage state statement states station statue status stay stayed
Descendants of ob
occasion occasional occupation occupational occupy occurrence offend offender offensive offer oppose oppression pose