suckling

[ suhk-ling ]
/ ˈsʌk lɪŋ /

noun

an infant or a young animal that is not yet weaned.

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Origin of suckling

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at suck, -ling1

Definition for suckling (2 of 3)

Suckling

[ suhk-ling ]
/ ˈsʌk lɪŋ /

noun

Sir John,1609–42, English poet.

Definition for suckling (3 of 3)

suckle

[ 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

Related forms

un·suck·led, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suckling (1 of 3)

suckling

/ (ˈsʌklɪŋ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for suckling

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

British Dictionary definitions for suckling (2 of 3)

Suckling

/ (ˈsʌklɪŋ) /

noun

Sir John. 1609–42, English Cavalier poet and dramatist

British Dictionary definitions for suckling (3 of 3)

suckle

/ (ˈsʌkəl) /

verb

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

suckler, noun

Word Origin for suckle

C15: probably back formation from suckling
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