verb (used with object), wain·scot·ed, wain·scot·ing or (especially British) wain·scot·ted, wain·scot·ting.
Origin of wainscot
Examples from the Web for wainscot
With our united strength we rolled it out, and there was a little low wooden door in the wainscot behind it.The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard|Arthur Conan Doyle
No crack or seam indicated a hidden door, yet I knew there must be one, and gently pressed the wainscot with my shoulder.The Reckoning|Robert W. Chambers
My grandfather did not leave the wainscot, however, under the paper.Wenderholme|Philip Gilbert Hamerton
You can tell your sister that it was divided from the Manager's room by a wainscot partition.'Dombey and Son|Charles Dickens
The wainscot wants patching up, and so does the parqueted floor.Happy-Thought Hall|F. C. Burnand
British Dictionary definitions for wainscot
Word Origin for wainscot
Word Origin and History for wainscot
mid-14c., "imported oak of superior quality," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Flemish waghenscote "superior quality oak wood, board used for paneling" (though neither of these is attested as early as the English word), related to Middle Low German wagenschot (late 14c.), from waghen (see wagon) + scote "partition, crossbar." So called perhaps because the wood originally was used for wagon building and coachwork. Meaning "panels lining the walls of rooms" is recorded from 1540s. Wainscoting is from 1570s.