[foo t-stool]
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Origin of footstool

First recorded in 1520–30; foot + stool Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for footstool

ottoman, stool, hassock

Examples from the Web for footstool

Historical Examples of footstool

  • There is only one way on God's footstool that you can beat him.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "Come here, Seora, and sit by me a little," and she pointed to a footstool at her side.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • "Come and sit here," she said, pointing to a footstool at her feet.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Susanna, without moving a muscle of her face, brought the footstool.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • During this recital, Adine was seated facing Davy on the footstool.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

British Dictionary definitions for footstool


  1. a low stool used for supporting or resting the feet of a seated person
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Word Origin and History for footstool

also foot-stool, 1520s, from foot (n.) + stool.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper