- to cause to suck at the breast or udder; nurse
- to bring up; rear; foster
Origin of suckleMiddle English sokelen, probably back-formation ; from sokelynge, suckling
verbsuck·led, suck·ling, suck·les
- a. To cause or allow to take milk at the breast or udder; nurse.b. To take milk at the breast or udder of.
- To take in as sustenance; have as nourishment.
- To nourish as if with the milk of the breast; nurture: “a pagan suckled in a creed outworn” (William Wordsworth).
Origin of suckleMiddle English suclen, perhaps from suklinge, suckling; see suckling.
- (obsolete) A teat.
(third-person singular simple present suckles, present participle suckling, simple past and past participle suckled)
- To give suck to; to nurse at the breast.
- (intransitive) To nurse; to suck.
First attested 1408, perhaps a causative form of Middle English suken (“to suck"), or a back-formation from suckling (though this word is attested only from c. 1440).