- a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was strapped, to be mocked and pelted or ducked in water.
Origin of cucking stool
Examples from the Web for cucking stool
Historical Examples of cucking stool
This was called a “cucking-stool,” and was used to duck scolds or brawlers.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Two pounds were paid for a cucking-stool at Leicester in 1768.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
The cucking-stool is suspended over a river or a pond, the woman seated on it.The Man Who Laughs
Ale-wives in Scotland in bygone times who sold bad ale were placed in the cucking-stool.Bygone Punishments
Thou liest again: 'twill be at Moorgate, beldam, where I shall see thee in the ditch dancing in a cucking-stool.
- history a stool to which suspected witches, scolds, etc, were tied and pelted or ducked into water as a punishmentCompare ducking stool
Word Origin for cucking stool
early 13c., from cuck "to void excrement," from Old Norse kuka "feces" (the chair was sometimes in the form of a close-stool). Also known as trebucket and castigatory, it was used on disorderly women and fraudulent tradesmen, either in the form of public exposure to ridicule or for ducking in a pond.