[suhk-uh l]

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.


Nearby words

  1. suckhole,
  2. sucking,
  3. sucking louse,
  4. sucking reflex,
  5. sucking wound,
  6. suckler,
  7. suckling,
  8. suckling, sir john,
  9. sucks,
  10. sucky

Origin of suckle

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for suckle



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 Formssuckler, noun

Word Origin for suckle

C15: probably back formation from suckling

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Word Origin and History for suckle



c.1400, perhaps a causative form of Middle English suken "to suck" (see suck), or a back-formation from suckling (though this word is attested only from mid-15c.). Related: Suckled; suckling.

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