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cucking stool

[kuhk-ing] /ˈkʌk ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a former instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was strapped, to be mocked and pelted or ducked in water.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English cucking stol, literally, defecating stool, equivalent to cucking, present participle of cukken to defecate (< Scandinavian; compare dial Swedish kukka) + stol stool
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British Dictionary definitions for cucking stool

cucking stool

/ˈkʌkɪŋ/
noun
1.
(history) a stool to which suspected witches, scolds, etc, were tied and pelted or ducked into water as a punishment Compare ducking stool
Word Origin
C13 cucking stol, literally: defecating chair, from cukken to defecate; compare Old Norse kúkr excrement
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Word Origin and History for cucking stool
n.

early 13c., from cuck "to void excrement," from Old Norse kuka "feces" (the chair was sometimes in the form of a close-stool). Also known as trebucket and castigatory, it was used on disorderly women and fraudulent tradesmen, either in the form of public exposure to ridicule or for ducking in a pond.

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Encyclopedia Article for cucking stool

a method of punishment by means of humiliation, beating, or death. The cucking stool (also known as a "scolding stool" or a "stool of repentance") was in most cases a commode or toilet, placed in public view, upon which the targeted person was forced to sit-usually by restraint, and often while being paraded through the town. The consequences of the ducking stool were far more severe. In use in England by the 17th century, the apparatus consisted of a wooden or iron armchair onto which the culprit was strapped. The chair was attached to a long wooden beam, usually located alongside a pond or river, and was lowered into the water. Repeated duckings routinely proved fatal, the victim dying of shock or drowning.

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