verb (used without object)
Origin of stool
Examples from the Web for stool
Contemporary Examples of stool
He noticed her in the crowd while he was sitting on his stool between rounds.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Furthermore, a person with norovirus has about 70 billion viral particles per gram of stool.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned
November 19, 2014
I try to catch the eye of this third boy, but he plops down onto a stool and avoids my gaze.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
Long wisps fall across her forehead as she sits very straight on her stool, her narrow shoulder blades drawn back elegantly.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
Everman had his last drink and left for the night when a friend grabbed me by the arm, yanking me off my stool.He Left Nirvana Because He Had Cooler Things to Do. Like Going to Iraq.
April 12, 2014
Historical Examples of stool
Gracie, shielded by the distance, turned on her stool and studied him.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
His head dropped back on his chair; he propped his sagging legs on a stool.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the kitchen their mother sat on a stool, and peeled potatoes.Rico and Wiseli
And, casting the pen down, he turned his stool round impatiently.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
And he sprang from his stool, as their teacher entered the schoolroom door.
- to fail through vacillation between two alternatives
- to be in an unsatisfactory situation through not belonging to either of two categories or groups
Word Origin for stool
Old English stol "seat for one person," from Proto-Germanic *stolaz (cf. Old Frisian stol, Old Norse stoll, Old High German stuol, German Stuhl "seat," Gothic stols "high seat, throne"), from PIE *sta-lo-, locative of root *sta- "to stand" (cf. Lithuanian pa-stolas "stand," Old Church Slavonic stolu "stool;" see stet).
Originally used of thrones (cf. cynestol "royal seat, throne"); change of meaning began with adoption of chair from French, which relegated stool to small seats without arms or backs, then "privy" (early 15c.) and thence to "bowel movement" (1530s).
In addition to the idiom beginning with stool
- stool pigeon
- fall between the cracks (two stools)