verb (used without object)
Origin of stool
Related Words for stoolingreveal, disclose, show, unmask, stool, evince, manifest, inform, tattle, spill, snitch, sing, uncover, tell, squeal, dime
Examples from the Web for stooling
Historical Examples of stooling
- 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)