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verb (used without object), truck·led, truck·ling.
  1. to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to): Don't truckle to unreasonable demands.
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Origin of truckle1

1605–15; special use of obsolete truckle to sleep on a truckle bed. See truckle2
Related formstruck·ler, nountruck·ling·ly, adverbun·truck·led, adjectiveun·truck·ling, adjective


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[truhk-uh l]
  1. truckle bed.
  2. a pulley.
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Origin of truckle2

1375–1425; late Middle English trocle sheave, roller < Anglo-French < Latin trochlea pulley. See trochlea
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Historical Examples

  • Off with your cap, Snob; down on your knees, Snob, and truckle.

    The Book of Snobs

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • While hunting about, he entered a small room in which were a couple of truckle bedsteads.


    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Shall we be so vile as to truckle to the enemies of France and show that we can fear them?

  • I think it's sickening to try and truckle to her because she's so rich.

  • "She tried to truckle to Norty, too," put in Patricia Lennox.

British Dictionary definitions for truckle


  1. (intr usually foll by to) to yield weakly; give in
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Derived Formstruckler, noun

Word Origin

C17: from obsolete truckle to sleep in a truckle bed; see truckle ²


  1. a small wheel; caster
  2. a small barrel-shaped cheese
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  1. (intr) to roll on truckles
  2. (tr) to push (a piece of furniture) along on truckles
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Word Origin

C15 trokel, from Anglo-Norman trocle, from Latin trochlea sheaf of a pulley; see trochlea
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Word Origin and History for truckle


"small wheel or roller," late 14c., from Anglo-French trocle, from Latin trochlea "a small wheel, sheaf of a pulley," from Greek trokhileia "a pulley," from trokhos "wheel," from trekhein "to run," from PIE root *dhregh- "to run" (cf. Old Irish droch "wheel," Lithuanian pa-drosti "to run fast"). Truckle bed "small bed on wheels that can be stowed under a larger bed" is from mid-15c.

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"give up or submit tamely," 1610s, "sleep in a truckle bed" (see truckle (n.)). Meaning "give precedence, assume a submissive position" (1650s, implied in truckling) is perhaps in reference to that type of bed being used by servants and inferiors, or from it simply occupying the lower position. Related: Truckled; truckling.

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