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[truhk-uh l] /ˈtrʌk əl/
verb (used without object), truckled, truckling.
to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to):
Don't truckle to unreasonable demands.
Origin of truckle1
1605-15; special use of obsolete truckle to sleep on a truckle bed. See truckle2
Related forms
truckler, noun
trucklingly, adverb
untruckled, adjective
untruckling, adjective
grovel, bow, concede, kowtow.


[truhk-uh l] /ˈtrʌk əl/
a pulley.
1375-1425; late Middle English trocle sheave, roller < Anglo-French < Latin trochlea pulley. See trochlea Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for truckle
Historical Examples
  • Off with your cap, Snob; down on your knees, Snob, and truckle.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • While hunting about, he entered a small room in which were a couple of truckle bedsteads.

    Villegagnon W.H.G. Kingston
  • Shall we be so vile as to truckle to the enemies of France and show that we can fear them?

  • I think it's sickening to try and truckle to her because she's so rich.

  • "She tried to truckle to Norty, too," put in Patricia Lennox.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • In order to succeed I must truckle to people who can be useful to me and I ask you to help me.

    Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux
  • Why does Orestes truckle to these circumcised, but because they lend money to him and to his creatures?

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • I began to truckle to him, much as I had truckled to Wolansky.

    The Long Arm Franz Habl
  • I have not learned to bend and truckle to your will, doing your bidding like a dog; and, by Heaven!

    Robert Tournay William Sage
  • But Nature is the best writer; she will teach us to be men and not to truckle to power.'

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
British Dictionary definitions for truckle


(intransitive) usually foll by to. to yield weakly; give in
Derived Forms
truckler, noun
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete truckle to sleep in a truckle bed; see truckle²


a small wheel; caster
a small barrel-shaped cheese
(intransitive) to roll on truckles
(transitive) to push (a piece of furniture) along on truckles
Word Origin
C15 trokel, from Anglo-Norman trocle, from Latin trochlea sheaf of a pulley; see trochlea
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Word Origin and History for truckle

"small wheel or roller," late 14c., from Anglo-French trocle, from Latin trochlea "a small wheel, sheaf of a pulley," from Greek trokhileia "a pulley," from trokhos "wheel," from trekhein "to run," from PIE root *dhregh- "to run" (cf. Old Irish droch "wheel," Lithuanian pa-drosti "to run fast"). Truckle bed "small bed on wheels that can be stowed under a larger bed" is from mid-15c.


"give up or submit tamely," 1610s, "sleep in a truckle bed" (see truckle (n.)). Meaning "give precedence, assume a submissive position" (1650s, implied in truckling) is perhaps in reference to that type of bed being used by servants and inferiors, or from it simply occupying the lower position. Related: Truckled; truckling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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