cucking-stool

cucking stool

[kuhk-ing]
noun
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; 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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cucking stool (ˈkʌkɪŋ)
 
n
history Compare ducking stool a stool to which suspected witches, scolds, etc, were tied and pelted or ducked into water as a punishment
 
[C13 cucking stol, literally: defecating chair, from cukken to defecate; compare Old Norse kúkr excrement]

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cucking stool
1215, from cuck "to void excrement," from O.N. 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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