The fraudulent female brewer of adulterated beer was placed in the cucking-stool, a degradation afterward reserved for scolds.
Two pounds were paid for a cucking-stool at Leicester in 1768.
The instruments most in vogue with our ancestors were three—the cucking-stool, the brank, and the tumbrel.
The cucking-stool is suspended over a river or a pond, the woman seated on it.
This was called a “cucking-stool,” and was used to duck scolds or brawlers.
Thou liest again: 'twill be at Moorgate, beldam, where I shall see thee in the ditch dancing in a cucking-stool.
I think, if I had been tied to silence, I should have been worthy the cucking-stool ere this time.
The cucking-stool was used for both sexes, and was specially the punishment for dishonest brewers and bakers.
Ale-wives in Scotland in bygone times who sold bad ale were placed in the cucking-stool.
The cucking-stool not only endangered the health of the party, but also gave the tongue liberty 'twixt every dip.
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.