[ suhk-uhl ]
See synonyms for: sucklesuckling on

verb (used with object),suck·led, suck·ling.
  1. to nurse at the breast or udder.

  2. to nourish or bring up.

  1. to put to suck.

verb (used without object),suck·led, suck·ling.
  1. to suck at the breast or udder.

Origin of suckle

1375–1425; late Middle English sucklen;see suck, -le

Other words from suckle

  • un·suck·led, adjective

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How to use suckle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for suckle


/ (ˈsʌkəl) /

  1. to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or (of a baby, etc) to suck milk from the breast

  2. (tr) to bring up; nurture

Origin of suckle

C15: probably back formation from suckling

Derived forms of suckle

  • suckler, noun

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