Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A punishment for common scolds, being a chair in which the person was placed to be hooted at and pelted by the mob.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An engine of correction for common scolds, which in the Saxon language Is said to signify the scolding-stool, though now it Is frequently corrupted Into ducking-stool, because the judgment was that, when the woman was placed therein, she should be plunged in the water for her punishment. It was also variously called a ."frebucket," "tumbrel," or "castiga-tory." 3 Inst. 219; 4 Bl. Comm. 169; Brown. James v. Comm., 12 Serg. & R. (Pa.) 220