wainscot

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German wagenschot, assumed to be from wagen (wagon) + schot, believed to mean “partition”.

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Noun[edit]

wainscot (plural wainscots)

  1. An area of wooden (especially oaken) panelling on the lower part of a room’s walls.
    • 1598: William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act III, scene 3
      …this fellow will but join you together as they join wainscot; then one of you will prove a shrunk panel, and like green timber, warp, warp.

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Verb[edit]

wainscot (third-person singular simple present wainscots, present participle wainscotting, simple past and past participle wainscotted)

  1. To decorate a wall with a wainscot.