give suck

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From give + suck (verb) (bare infinitive, though now generally felt as a noun).


give suck (third-person singular simple present gives suck, present participle giving suck, simple past gave suck, past participle given suck)

  1. (archaic) To suckle; to give milk from the breast (to).
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXIV:
      Wo be in those dayes to them that are with chylde, and to them that geve sucke.
    • 1955, William Golding, The Inheritors, Faber and Faber 2005, p. 35:
      "She brought forth the earth from her belly. She gave suck. The earth brought forth woman and the woman brought forth the first man out of her belly."