foot·​stool ˈfu̇t-ˌstül How to pronounce footstool (audio)
: a low stool used to support the feet

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web A couple of chaise longues are covered in furry white-and-red fabric, with a woven-leather footstool in Blazyian yellow nearby. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2022 Things like this also happen to wheelchair users, who are sometimes suddenly moved around by others without consultation, like a footstool that's in the way. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 But in purely earthly terms, the proof of his power is embodied in the figure of a prone man who lies, like a footstool, under his feet. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 Its linen-like upholstery and tufted design look at home in a living or family room as a coffee table, footstool, or extra place to perch. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 22 Dec. 2022 The versatile furniture piece can certainly be used as a footstool, however, the ottoman can also be utilized as a seat or even a coffee table — just put a serving tray like this one on top, and voila. Sanah Faroke, Peoplemag, 17 Sep. 2022 The Blue Jays’ possession of a wild-card spot is a product of their season-long use of the Red Sox as a footstool. Alex Speier,, 23 Aug. 2022 Frank has two pets, Pushpaw and Pupshaw, who look like the fraternal-twin offspring of a dachshund and a footstool. Sam Thielman, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2022 The footstool is upholstered in a ribbed fabric the color of oatmeal and the cowbell stands out very strikingly upon it. Claire-louise Bennett, The New Yorker, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of footstool was in 1530

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“Footstool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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foot·​stool -ˌstül How to pronounce footstool (audio)
: a low stool to support the feet

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