truckle

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Etymology 1[edit]

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 +‎ -le.

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Noun[edit]

truckle (plural truckles)

  1. a small wheel; a caster or pulley
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Verb[edit]

truckle (third-person singular simple present truckles, present participle truckling, simple past and past participle truckled)

  1. To roll or move upon truckles, or casters; to trundle.

Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Verb[edit]

truckle (third-person singular simple present truckles, present participle truckling, simple past and past participle truckled)

  1. (intransitive) to act in a submissive manner; to fawn, submit to a superior
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  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967