What does BRANKS mean?

BRANKS meaning in Law Dictionary

n tool formerly used in some parts of The united kingdomt for correction of scolds; a scolding bridle. It inclosed your head and a sharp bit of metal joined the mouth and restrained the tongue.


BRANKS meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1590s, of as yet not known beginning, perhaps from a North Sea Germanic language. A guitar of punishment for women, originally Scottish, it was some sort of iron cage for the mind with a metal little bit attached to however the tongue.Paide for caring a female throughe the towne for skoulding, with branks, 4d. ["Municipal reports of Newcastle," 1595]"Ungallant, and unmercifully serious, because species of torture is apparently, Dr. Plot, in the History of Staffordshire, a lot likes it into the cucking stool, which, he states, 'not just endangers the fitness of the celebration, and provides tongue freedom 'twixt every dip.' " [Brockett, "A Glossary of North Country Words,"1829].


BRANKS meaning in General Dictionary

sort of bridle with wooden part pieces.

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  • A scolding bridle, a musical instrument formerly utilized for fixing scolding women. It had been an iron frame surrounding the top and having a triangular piece entering the lips for the scold.

BRANKS meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A sort of bridle with wooden part pieces.

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  • (letter.) A scolding bridle, an instrument formerly useful for correcting scolding females. It was an iron frame surrounding your head and achieving a triangular piece entering the mouth for the scold.