- 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
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 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.