Definition of cucking-stool in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌkɪŋstuːl


A chair to which disorderly women were tied and then ducked into water or subjected to public ridicule as a punishment.
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  • Rogues and vagabonds are often stocked and whipped; scolds are ducked upon cucking-stools in the water.
  • This rather expensive cucking-stool must have been in very frequent use in the good town of Kingston; for in the old account books there are numerous entries of money paid for its repairs.
  • The sole exception is the ‘cucking-stool’ which did not require water - this could be located anywhere but was usually placed outside the offenders house.


Middle English: from obsolete cuck 'defecate', of Scandinavian origin; so named because a stool containing a chamber pot was often used for the purpose.

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