branks

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Etymology[edit]

Origins: First recorded in Scotland in 1567.

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Noun[edit]

branks (plural branks)

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