cucking stool

[ kuhk-ing ]
/ ˈkʌk ɪŋ /


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

Nearby words

  1. cuboid,
  2. cuboidal epithelium,
  3. cuchifrito,
  4. cuchulain,
  5. cuchulainn,
  6. cuckold,
  7. cuckold's knot,
  8. cuckoldry,
  9. cuckoo,
  10. cuckoo bee

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) + stol stool Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cucking stool

cucking stool

/ (ˈkʌkɪŋ) /


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

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Word Origin and History for cucking stool

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.

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