- an unweaned young animal
- Archaic an unweaned child
Origin of sucklingMiddle English sokelynge: see suck and amp; -ling
1609-42; Eng. poet
A young mammal that has not been weaned.
Origin of sucklingMiddle English suklinge : souken, suken, to suck; see suck + -ling, one that is young; see –ling1.
- Present participle of suckle.