late 13c., "to bar or exclude temporarily from some function or privilege, to cause to cease for a time," from O.Fr. suspendre,
from L. suspendere
"to hang, stop," from sub
"up from under" + pendere
"cause to hang, weigh" (see pendant
). The lit. sense of "to cause to hang by a support from above" is recorded from mid-15c. Suspenders
is attested from 1810, Amer.Eng. Suspended animation
first recorded 1795.