Definition of branks in English:
An instrument of punishment for a scolding woman, consisting of an iron framework for the head and a sharp metal gag for restraining the tongue.
- As punishment, the branks was locked about the women's heads to humiliate them and teach them their place.
- I am glad John Winthorp and John Carver did not bring cumbrous and cruel iron branks to America.
- These branks and the stocks are examples of implements of corporal punishment used in early modern Glasgow.
Definition of branks 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 Spain
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan