Suckling

[suhk-ling]
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British Dictionary definitions for john suckling

suckling

noun
  1. an infant or young animal that is still taking milk from the mother
  2. a very young child

Word Origin for suckling

C15: see suck, -ling 1; related to Middle Dutch sūgeling, Middle High German sōgelinc

Suckling

noun
  1. Sir John. 1609–42, English Cavalier poet and dramatist
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Word Origin and History for john suckling

suckling

n.

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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