cucking stool

[ kuhk-ing ]
/ ˈkʌk ɪŋ /

noun

a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was strapped, to be mocked and pelted or ducked in water.

QUIZZES

DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

It’d be a real faux pas to miss this quiz on the words from August 3–9, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “vacillate” mean?

Origin of cucking stool

1175–1225; Middle English cucking stol, literally, defecating stool, equivalent to cucking, present participle of cukken to defecate (<Scandinavian; compare dial Swedish kukka) + stolstool
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for cucking stool

British Dictionary definitions for cucking stool

cucking stool
/ (ˈkʌkɪŋ) /

noun

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

C13 cucking stol, literally: defecating chair, from cukken to defecate; compare Old Norse kúkr excrement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012