Nearby words

  1. pooh bah,
  2. pooh-bah,
  3. pooh-pooh,
  4. pook,
  5. pooka,
  6. pool hall,
  7. pool malebo,
  8. pool table,
  9. pool train,
  10. poole

Origin of pool

before 900; Middle English; Old English pōl; cognate with Dutch poel, German Pfuhl

Origin of pool

First recorded in 1685–95, pool is from the French word poule stakes, literally, hen. See pullet

Related formspool·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pools

British Dictionary definitions for pools


/ (puːlz) /

pl n

British an organized nationwide principally postal gambling pool betting on the result of football matchesAlso called: football pools

Word Origin for pools

C20: from pool ² (in the sense: a gambling kitty)


/ (puːl) /


a small body of still water, usually fresh; small pond
a small isolated collection of liquid spilt or poured on a surface; puddlea pool of blood
a deep part of a stream or river where the water runs very slowly
an underground accumulation of oil or gas, usually forming a reservoir in porous sedimentary rock

Word Origin for pool

Old English pōl; related to Old Frisian pōl, German Pfuhl


/ (puːl) /


verb (tr)

See also pools

Word Origin for pool

C17: from French poule, literally: hen used to signify stakes in a card game, from Medieval Latin pulla hen, from Latin pullus young animal

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Word Origin and History for pools
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pools


[ pōōl ]


A collection of blood in any region of the body due to dilation and retardation of the circulation in capillaries and veins.

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