arrest + -er.
Variant of arrest
- to stop or check the motion, course, or spread of
- to seize or take into custody by authority of the law
- to catch and keep (one's attention, sight, etc.)
Origin of arrestMiddle English aresten ; from Old French arester ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form arrestare ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + restare, to stop, rest
- an arresting or being arrested; esp., a taking or being taken into custody by authority of the law
- a thing for checking motion
Origin of arrestME & OFr arest < the v.
in legal custody, as of the police