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[klohz-stool, klohs-]
  1. a stool having a seat with a hole, beneath which a chamber pot is placed.
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Origin of close-stool

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425
Also called necessary stool.
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Examples from the Web for close-stool

Historical Examples of close-stool

  • For in Spanish, services is a polite word for a close-stool.

    Pablo de Segovia, the Spanish Sharper

    Francisco de Quevedo

  • Thou art private with the duke; thou belongest to his close-stool.

  • I have none of their arms anywhere but in this backside, near my close-stool.

  • For that reason they told us she never visited a close-stool but by proxy.

  • She, that was the cleanliest creature in the world, never shrank now if you set a close-stool under her nose.

British Dictionary definitions for close-stool


  1. a wooden stool containing a covered chamber pot
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