- The definition of a stool is a seat without arms supported by three or four legs.
An example of a stool is a seat that you'd sit on at a bar.
- Stool is the waste matter in a bowel movement.
An example of stool is the source of the sample provided to a medical lab to check for stomach parasites.
- a single seat having three or four legs and no back or arms
- the inside ledge at the bottom of a window
- a toilet, or water closet
- the fecal matter eliminated in a single bowel movement
- a root or tree stump sending out shoots
- a cluster of such shoots
- a perch to which a bird is fastened as a decoy for others
- a bird or other object used as a decoy
Origin of stoolMiddle English ; from Old English stol, akin to German stuhl ; from Indo-European an unverified form stal- (from source Old Church Slavonic stolū, throne, seat) ; from base an unverified form sta-, to stand
- to put out shoots in the form of a stool
- ☆ Informal to act as a stool pigeon, or informer
- A backless and armless single seat supported on legs or a pedestal.
- A low bench or support for the feet or knees in sitting or kneeling, as a footrest.
- A toilet seat; a commode.
- Evacuated fecal matter.
- Botany a. A stump or rootstock that produces shoots or suckers.b. A shoot or growth from such a stump or rootstock.
intransitive verbstooled, stool·ing, stools
- Botany To send up shoots or suckers.
- To evacuate the bowels; defecate.
- Slang To act as a stool pigeon.
Origin of stoolMiddle English, from Old English stōl; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- A seat for one person without a back or armrest.
- A footstool.
- (chiefly medicine) Feces; excrement.
- (archaic) A decoy.
- (now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A seat; a seat with a back; a chair.
- (now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) (literally and figuratively) Throne.
- (nautical) A small channel on the side of a vessel, for the dead-eyes of the backstays.
- (US, dialect) Material, such as oyster shells, spread on the sea bottom for oyster spat to adhere to.
From Middle English stool, stole, stol, from Old English stōl (“chair, seat, throne”), from Proto-Germanic *stōlaz (“chair”) (compare West Frisian/Dutch stoel, German Stuhl, Swedish/Danish/Norwegian stol), from Proto-Indo-European *stoh₂los (compare Lithuanian stálas, Russian стол (stol, “table”), Serbo-Croatian stol 'table', Slovenian stol 'chair', Albanian kështallë 'crutch', Ancient Greek stolōn 'pillar'), from *steh₂- (“to stand”). More at stand.
(third-person singular simple present stools, present participle stooling, simple past and past participle stooled)