[ suhk-uh l ]
/ ˈsʌk əl /

verb (used with object), suck·led, suck·ling.

to nurse at the breast or udder.
to nourish or bring up.
to put to suck.

verb (used without object), suck·led, suck·ling.

to suck at the breast or udder.

Origin of suckle

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


un·suck·led, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suckle

/ (ˈsʌkəl) /


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

Derived forms of suckle

suckler, noun

Word Origin for suckle

C15: probably back formation from suckling
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