Cuck-stool


Cuck-stool
A stool or chair in which miscreants were confined and subject to ducking and public shame. Perhaps given the source of the word cuck, it was not vegetables which were thrown at victims; it was also referred to as cathedra stercoris = the chair of excrement. It is found in Chester, in the 11c and later, e.g. for the brewers of bad ale: the monetary penalty was 4s, as specified in the city's entry in *DB - more than a brewer could afford. [< OldEngl. kukr = excrement] -

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  • cuck|ing stool — «KUHK ihng», a chair into which common scolds, dishonest tradesmen, or others to be punished were strapped, left to be mocked and pelted by the crowd, or to be ducked ╂[(literally) a toilet seat < Middle English coken to defecate] …   Useful english dictionary

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  • cucking stool — cuck′ing stool [[t]ˈkʌk ɪŋ[/t]] n. an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was strapped, to be mocked or ducked in water • Etymology: 1175–1225; ME cucking stol lit., defecating stool …   From formal English to slang

  • Cucking stool — Cuck ing stool (k?k ?ng st??l ). [Cf. AS. scealfingst[=o]l, a word of similar meaning, allied to scealfor a diver, mergus avis; or possibly from F. coquine a hussy, slut, jade, f. of coquin, OE. cokin, a rascal; or cf. Icel. k?ka to dung, k?kr… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ducking stool — Cucking stool Cuck ing stool (k?k ?ng st??l ). [Cf. AS. scealfingst[=o]l, a word of similar meaning, allied to scealfor a diver, mergus avis; or possibly from F. coquine a hussy, slut, jade, f. of coquin, OE. cokin, a rascal; or cf. Icel. k?ka to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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