ottoman

Your dad's favorite cushioned spot to rest his feet can be referred to as an ottoman — it's also known as a hassock or a footstool.

This word may conjure anything from a vast empire to a footstool — it's all the same word, ultimately from the Arabic personal name Othman (which loses a lot, soundwise, in translation). The puffy footstools known as ottomans were allegedly originally a component of said empire's comforts.

Definitions of ottoman
  1. noun
    a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
    synonyms: footrest, footstool, tuffet
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    type of:
    stool
    a simple seat without a back or arms
  2. noun
    thick cushion used as a seat
    synonyms: hassock, pouf, pouffe, puff
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    type of:
    seat
    furniture that is designed for sitting on
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