- a lining or paneling, usually of wood, on the walls of a room; now, usually, a wood paneling on the lower part of the walls only
- the lower part of the walls of a room when finished differently from the upper part
Origin of wainscotMiddle English waynescote from Middle Dutch wagenschot, wainscot, as if from wagen (see wain), but probably from base akin to Old Saxon weg, Old English wag, wall, origin, originally woven work ( from Indo-European base an unverified form wei- from source withe) + schot, a board, pale, probably from or akin to Frankish an unverified form skot-, a sprout: for Indo-European base see shoot
transitive verb-·scot·ed or -·scot·ted, -·scot·ing or -·scot·ting
- A facing or paneling, usually of wood, applied to the walls of a room.
- The lower part of an interior wall when finished in a material different from that of the upper part.
transitive verbwain·scot·ed, wain·scot·ing, wain·scots, or wain·scot·ted wain·scot·ting
Origin of wainscotMiddle English from Middle Dutch waghenscot perhaps waghen, wagen wagon (from the quality of wood used for carriagework) ; see wagon . scot partition ; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wainscots, present participle wainscotting, simple past and past participle wainscotted)
- To decorate a wall with a wainscot.
From Middle Low German wagenschot, assumed to be from wagen (“wagon") + schot, believed to mean “partition".