- an infant or a young animal that is not yet weaned.
Origin of suckling
- Sir John,1609–42, English poet.
- to nurse at the breast or udder.
- to nourish or bring up.
- to put to suck.
- to suck at the breast or udder.
Origin of suckle
Examples from the Web for suckling
There is also a big demand for whole porcelets and suckling pigs, for the same reason.The Queen of Foie Gras
David Lincoln Ross
December 29, 2010
But when we come to Suckling's lines we find that there is a difference.The Lyric
The phenomena of pregnancy, birth and suckling are known to all, so that I shall be brief.The Sexual Question
But I found a fierce and feverish delight in suckling my child.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Her face is that of a lioness, and she is suckling two young lions at her breasts.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
She took me like a child of suckling time, And cradled me in roses.Endymion
- an infant or young animal that is still taking milk from the mother
- a very young child
- Sir John. 1609–42, English Cavalier poet and dramatist
- to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or (of a baby, etc) to suck milk from the breast
- (tr) to bring up; nurture
Word Origin and History for suckling
mid-15c., "an infant at the breast," from suck + diminutive suffix -ling. Cf. Middle Dutch sogeling, Dutch zuigeling, German Säugling. Meaning "act of breast-feeding" is attested from 1799.