from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A chair attached to a board or pole, formerly used as a punishment for offenders, in which a person was tied and ducked into water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied and plunged into water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical A chair used to punish women, especially scolds, by ducking them in water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water


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