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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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  • All for having set up a truckle bed in a wretched garret in the roof.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • Off with your cap, Snob; down on your knees, Snob, and truckle.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • 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
  • I think it's sickening to try and truckle to her because she's so rich.

  • Shall we be so vile as to truckle to the enemies of France and show that we can fear them?

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

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • As for Sam, let him pass; he'll not grind the poor, nor truckle to the rich, when he gives up his stewardship in the kingdom come.

    The Poor Scholar William Carleton
  • Why does Orestes truckle to these circumcised, but because they lend money to him and to his creatures?

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • Quest was on his hands and knees, fumbling under his truckle bed.

    The Black Box E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I have not learned to bend and truckle to your will, doing your bidding like a dog; and, by Heaven!

    Robert Tournay William Sage
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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