- a single seat on legs or a pedestal and without arms or a back.
- a short, low support on which to stand, step, kneel, or rest the feet while sitting.
- Horticulture. the stump, base, or root of a plant from which propagative organs are produced, as shoots for layering.
- the base of a plant that annually produces new stems or shoots.
- a cluster of shoots or stems springing up from such a base or from any root, or a single shoot or layer.
- a bird fastened to a pole or perch and used as a decoy.
- an artificial duck or other bird, usually made from wood, used as a decoy by hunters.
- a privy.
- the fecal matter evacuated at each movement of the bowels.
- the sill of a window.
- a bishop's seat considered as symbolic of his authority; see.
- the sacred chair of certain African chiefs, symbolic of their kingship.
- to put forth shoots from the base or root, as a plant; form a stool.
- Slang. to turn informer; serve as a stool pigeon.
- fall between two stools, to fail, through hesitation or indecision, to select either of two alternatives.
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
- a backless seat or footrest consisting of a small flat piece of wood, etc, resting on three or four legs, a pedestal, etc
- a rootstock or base of a plant, usually a woody plant, from which shoots, etc, are produced
- a cluster of shoots growing from such a base
- mainly US a decoy used in hunting
- waste matter evacuated from the bowels
- a lavatory seat
- (in W Africa, esp Ghana) a chief's throne
- fall between two stools
- to fail through vacillation between two alternatives
- to be in an unsatisfactory situation through not belonging to either of two categories or groups
- (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 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).
- Evacuated fecal matter.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stool
- stool pigeon
- fall between the cracks (two stools)