- a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was tied to be plunged into water.
Origin of ducking stool
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for ducking stool
Scolds had to be ducked over head and ears in a ducking-stool.
We reproduce from this quaint chap-book a picture of the ducking-stool.
In the Nottinghamshire records are traces of the ducking-stool at Southwell and Retford.
The last time the Bristol ducking-stool was used was, it is said, in the year 1718.
She was committed for trial at the assizes, as the magistrate had no ducking-stool.
- history a chair or stool used for the punishment of offenders by plunging them into water
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