- to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to): Don't truckle to unreasonable demands.
Origin of truckle1
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- truckle bed.
- a pulley.
Origin of truckle2
Related Wordskowtow, flatter, woo, grovel, stroke, oil, cajole, bootlick, toady, massage, apple-polish
Examples from the Web for truckle
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.Villegagnon
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.The Leader of the Lower School
"She tried to truckle to Norty, too," put in Patricia Lennox.A Patriotic Schoolgirl
- (intr usually foll by to) to yield weakly; give in
- a small wheel; caster
- a small barrel-shaped cheese
- (intr) to roll on truckles
- (tr) to push (a piece of furniture) along on truckles
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.
"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.