Truckle definition

trŭkəl
To be servile or submissive.
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To be servile; cringe, submit, toady, etc.
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A small wheel; a caster or pulley.
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To roll or move upon truckles, or casters; to trundle.
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(intransitive) To act in a submissive manner; to fawn, submit to a superior.
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A small wheel or roller; a caster.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
truckle
Plural:
truckles

Origin of truckle

  • Middle English trocle pulley from Anglo-Norman from Latin trochlea system of pulleys trochlea

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

  • From a back formation of truckle bed (a bed on which a pupil slept, because it was rolled on casters into a lower position under the master's larger bed), from Middle English trookylbed. Compare also trundle bed. Assisted by false association with Middle English *trukelen, truken, trokien, trukien, from Old English trucian (“to fail, diminish"), Low German truggeln (“to flatter, fawn"), see truck.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English trokel, trocle, trookyl, from Medieval Latin trochlea (“a block, sheaf containing one or more pulleys"); or from a diminutive of truck (“wheel"), formed with -le, equivalent to truck +"Ž -le.

    From Wiktionary