suckle

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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Noun[edit]

suckle (plural suckles)

  1. (obsolete) A teat.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir T. Herbert to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

suckle (third-person singular simple present suckles, present participle suckling, simple past and past participle suckled)

  1. (transitive) To give suck to; to nurse at the breast.
    • William Shakespeare
      The breasts of Hecuba / When she did suckle Hector, looked not lovelier.
    • Landor
      They are not weak, suckled by Wisdom.
  2. (intransitive) To nurse; to suck.

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