foot·​stool | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌstül How to pronounce footstool (audio) \

Definition of footstool

: a low stool used to support the feet

Examples of footstool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The footstool was part of a living room set donated to a Habitat For Humanity store by Kim Fauth-Newberry and her husband. USA TODAY, "More pigeon hats, cushion cash, Chaka Khan: News from around our 50 states," 20 Jan. 2020 Amid media scrums, as activists who had for months protested outside looked on, one by one the candidates stood on a footstool to peer over a tall, covered fence at children in the facility's outdoor recreation area. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Migrant children facility in Homestead, Florida, to close," 29 Oct. 2019 To be fair, James isn’t the only one who’s been acting like a Chinese footstool. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: For LeBron James, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere … except in China," 15 Oct. 2019 Inside, Tom’s unleashing his own brand of chaos, hazing one of his new employees by using him as a human footstool. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019 In the fourth episode of the new season: human footstools, peace offerings and weeping ATMs. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "‘Succession’ Recap, S2E4: The Gold Rush," 3 Sep. 2019 Sofa slipcover; chair slipcover; footstool slipcover, fabricated by Bohemia Interiors (M); 415-455-0512. House Beautiful, "July/August 2012 Issue Product Guide," 1 June 2012 Everybody stands on footstools around the maple-wood prep table to gain the leverage needed to make dough in big stainless-steel bowls. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 At cycling events participants often stand on a footstool or stepladder to load and unload their bikes. Ken Van Vechten,, "Taking your bike on a road trip? Here's what you need to know about racks," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of footstool

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Footstool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of footstool

: a low, small piece of furniture that you can put your feet on when you are sitting


foot·​stool | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌstül How to pronounce footstool (audio) \

Kids Definition of footstool

: a low stool for the feet

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