stool

[ stool ]
/ stul /

noun

verb (used without object)

to put forth shoots from the base or root, as a plant; form a stool.
Slang. to turn informer; serve as a stool pigeon.

Idioms

    fall between two stools, to fail, through hesitation or indecision, to select either of two alternatives.

Origin of stool

before 900; Middle English; Old English stōl; cognate with German Stuhl, Old Norse stōll, Gothic stols chair; all < Germanic *stō- (< Indo-European root of stand) + *-l- suffix; akin to OCS stolŭ throne
Related formsstool·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stool

stool

/ (stuːl) /

noun

verb (intr)

(of a plant) to send up shoots from the base of the stem, rootstock, etc
to lure wildfowl with a decoy

Word Origin for stool

Old English stōl; related to Old Norse stōll, Gothic stōls, Old High German stuol chair, Greek stulos pillar
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Word Origin and History for stool

stool


n.

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).

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Medicine definitions for stool

stool

[ stōōl ]

n.

Evacuated fecal matter.
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Idioms and Phrases with stool

stool


In addition to the idiom beginning with stool

  • stool pigeon

also see:

  • fall between the cracks (two stools)
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