verb (used with object), wain·scot·ed, wain·scot·ing or (especially British) wain·scot·ted, wain·scot·ting.
- wainscot chair,
- wainwright, jonathan mayhew
Origin of wainscot
Origin of wainscoting
Examples from the Web for wainscotting
You may as well go down to the kitchen for a pail of hot water and begin with the wainscotting in the hall.'Chatterbox, 1905.|Various
At the same time the wainscotting painted in 1580 with inscriptions and heraldry was cleared away and replaced with cement.Bell's Cathedrals: The Churches of Coventry|Frederic W. Woodhouse
Mr. Parsons in vain took down the wainscotting, to see whether some mischievous neighbour produced the sounds.Cock Lane and Common-Sense|Andrew Lang
The mantelpiece was wooden, and the chimney corner decorated with shelves painted like wainscotting and doors.
The inner seats for these were often part of the wainscotting, and in any case there would be no passage behind them.Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)|John Aubrey
Word Origin 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.