Definition of cucking-stool in English:
A chair to which disorderly women were tied and then ducked into water or subjected to public ridicule as a punishment.
- 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.
Words that rhyme with cucking-stoolcurule • homeschool • faldstool
Definition of cucking-stool in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India
Most popular in Pakistan