- to nurse at the breast or udder.
- to nourish or bring up.
- to put to suck.
- to suck at the breast or udder.
Origin of suckle
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Examples from the Web for suckle
It is Ma who suggests to Rose of Sharon that she suckle a starving man.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
Before daybreak, the doe always returned to suckle her little one.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
Again and again he reverts to the mother's duty to suckle the child herself.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
The calf should be allowed to suckle or be fed from the pail for six or eight months.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
Because the mother will not be likely to recover so long as she continues to suckle at all.Remarks on the Subject of Lactation
Willingly the gentle animal allowed the little child to suckle it.Legends of the Rhine
- to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or (of a baby, etc) to suck milk from the breast
- (tr) to bring up; nurture
C15: probably back formation from suckling
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Word Origin and History for suckle
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