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cucking stool

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

  • Ale-wives in Scotland in bygone times who sold bad ale were placed in the cucking-stool.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • Thou liest again: 'twill be at Moorgate, beldam, where I shall see thee in the ditch dancing in a cucking-stool.

British Dictionary definitions for cucking stool

cucking stool

  1. history a stool to which suspected witches, scolds, etc, were tied and pelted or ducked into water as a punishmentCompare ducking stool
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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


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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