suspend (transitive, class VII strong verb; past tensebe suspended (intransitive, weak, past tense); also probably influenced by Old Norsebe suspended. All from Proto-Germanic(intransitive) to hang (source also of Old Frisianto hang (source also of Gothicto delay; see also second element inStonehenge).
As a method of execution, in late Old English (but originally specifically of crucifixion). Meaning to come to a standstill (especially inhung jury) is from 1848, American English.Hungemerged as past participle 16c. in northern England dialect, andhangedendured only in legal language (which tends to be conservative) in reference to capital punishment and in metaphors extended from it (Ill be hanged).