to which a person was fastened
and exposed to public ridicule
, or sometimes ducked in water, as a punishment
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Word origin of 'cucking stool'ME coking-stole, lit., toilet seat < ME coken < OIce kuka, to defecate: the instrument was orig. made like a toilet seat to heighten the indignity