Definition of ducking stool in English:

ducking stool


  • A chair fastened to the end of a pole, used formerly to plunge offenders into a pond or river as a punishment.

    • ‘Then the apparatus of power comprised stocks, ducking stools, branding irons and the omnipresent shadow of the gallows.’
    • ‘We will bring back the ducking stool for litter louts!’
    • ‘And in this pool of water stood the ducking stool, where women received a drenching for their ‘crimes’ in days gone by.’
    • ‘The other word I've been pondering recently is cucking-stool, the original form of what later became called a ducking stool.’
    • ‘The village stocks and the ducking stool provided a suitable deterrent for the twerp who insisted on invading our space and time.’