ducking stool


: a seat attached to a plank and formerly used to plunge culprits tied to it into water

Examples of ducking stool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The punishment was to tie them to a ducking stool and toss them in a river. Robert Samuels, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2023 In the Crypt below from the original Norman building is a rare example of a medieval ducking stool. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 The ducking stool from which Pipes shouted obscenities has not been forgotten. Katie Dancey-Downs, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ducking stool was in 1597

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“Ducking stool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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