ducking stool
noun Date: 1597 a seat attached to a plank and formerly used to plunge culprits tied to it into water

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  • Ducking stool — Ducking Duck ing, n. & a., from {Duck}, v. t. & i. [1913 Webster] {Ducking stool}, a stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied, and plunged into water, as a punishment. See {Cucking stool}. The practice of ducking began in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ducking stool — n. [altered (infl. by DUCK2) < CUCKING STOOL] Historical a chair at the end of a plank, in which a culprit was tied and then ducked into water as a punishment …   English World dictionary

  • ducking stool — n a seat on the end of a long pole, used in the past to put a person under water as a punishment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ducking stool — ► NOUN historical ▪ a chair fastened to the end of a pole, used to plunge offenders into a pond or river as a punishment …   English terms dictionary

  • ducking stool — Cucking stool Cuck ing stool (k?k ?ng st??l ). [Cf. AS. scealfingst[=o]l, a word of similar meaning, allied to scealfor a diver, mergus avis; or possibly from F. coquine a hussy, slut, jade, f. of coquin, OE. cokin, a rascal; or cf. Icel. k?ka to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ducking stool — Castigatory Cas ti*ga*to*ry, n. An instrument formerly used to punish and correct arrant scolds; called also a {ducking stool}, or {trebucket}. Blacktone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ducking stool — /ˈdʌkɪŋ stul/ (say duking stoohl) noun a stool or chair in which offenders were formerly punished by being tied and plunged into water. See cucking stool …   Australian English dictionary

  • ducking stool — Also called a cucking stool. A stool or chair upon which a defendant was placed to be plunged three times in the water as a punishment under the early common law for the offense of being a common scold. 15 Am J2d Comm S § 3 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • ducking-stool — duckˈing stool noun (historical) A stool or chair in which adjudged offenders were tied and ducked in the water • • • Main Entry: ↑duck …   Useful english dictionary

  • ducking stool — noun A chair used to punish women, especially scolds, by ducking them in water …   Wiktionary

  • Ducking-stool — Although descriptively apt, this may be a rhyming euphemism and polite form of *cuck stool …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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