- Sir John,1609–42, English poet.
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- an infant or young animal that is still taking milk from the mother
- a very young child
Word Origin for suckling
C15: see suck, -ling 1; related to Middle Dutch sūgeling, Middle High German sōgelinc
- Sir John. 1609–42, English Cavalier poet and dramatist
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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.
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