a wood lining or paneling on the walls of a room; sometimes
, specif., such a paneling on the lower part of the walls only
the lower part of the walls of a room when having a finish different from the upper
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈwainˌscoted or ˈwainˌscotted, ˈwainˌscoting or ˈwainˌscotting
to line (a wall, etc.) with wainscoting
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Word origin of 'wainscot'
< MDu wagenschot
, wainscot, as if < wagen
), but prob. < base akin to OS weg
, OE wag
, wall, orig. woven work (< IE base *wei-
) + schot
, a board, pale, prob. < or akin to Frank *skot-
, a sprout: for IE base see shoot