suckle

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sukelen; probably a back-formation of Middle English sukeling(a suckling; infant), formally equivalent to suck +‎ -le(frequentative suffix). See suckling.

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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, udder, or dugs.
    • 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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