- an unweaned young animal
- Archaic an unweaned child
Origin of sucklingMiddle English sokelynge: see suck and -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 -ling 1.
- Present participle of suckle.