Suckle Definition

suckled, suckles, suckling
suckled, suckles, suckling
To cause to suck at the breast or udder; nurse.
Webster's New World
To take milk at the breast or udder of.
American Heritage
To bring up; rear; foster.
Webster's New World
To suck at the breast or udder.
Webster's New World
To take in as sustenance; have as nourishment.
American Heritage

(obsolete) A teat.


Origin of Suckle

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English suclen perhaps from suklinge suckling suckling

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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