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ducking stool

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noun
  1. a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was tied to be plunged into water.
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Origin of ducking stool

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Historical Examples

  • Scolds had to be ducked over head and ears in a ducking-stool.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • The last time the Bristol ducking-stool was used was, it is said, in the year 1718.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • We reproduce from this quaint chap-book a picture of the ducking-stool.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • In the Nottinghamshire records are traces of the ducking-stool at Southwell and Retford.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • She was committed for trial at the assizes, as the magistrate had no ducking-stool.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews


British Dictionary definitions for ducking stool

ducking stool

noun
  1. history a chair or stool used for the punishment of offenders by plunging them into water
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