branks

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Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps related to German Pranger, Dutch prang.

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Noun[edit]

branks (plural only)

  1. (plural only) a punishment device, especially for scolding women, consisting of a cage to enclose the head, with a metal gag for the mouth
    • 1836: Plot, in his History of Staffordshire, describes the branks used at Newcastle-under-Lyme, and at Walsall, in the reign of James II. — The Gentleman's Magazine, July 1836 p.98