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suckling

[suhk-ling] /ˈsʌk lɪŋ/
noun
1.
an infant or a young animal that is not yet weaned.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see suck, -ling1

Suckling

[suhk-ling] /ˈsʌk lɪŋ/
noun
1.
Sir John, 1609–42, English poet.

suckle

[suhk-uh l] /ˈsʌk əl/
verb (used with object), suckled, suckling.
1.
to nurse at the breast or udder.
2.
to nourish or bring up.
3.
to put to suck.
verb (used without object), suckled, suckling.
4.
to suck at the breast or udder.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English sucklen; see suck, -le
Related forms
unsuckled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suckling

suckling

/ˈsʌklɪŋ/
noun
1.
an infant or young animal that is still taking milk from the mother
2.
a very young child
Word Origin
C15: see suck, -ling1; related to Middle Dutch sūgeling, Middle High German sōgelinc

Suckling

/ˈsʌklɪŋ/
noun
1.
Sir John. 1609–42, English Cavalier poet and dramatist

suckle

/ˈsʌkəl/
verb
1.
to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or (of a baby, etc) to suck milk from the breast
2.
(transitive) to bring up; nurture
Derived Forms
suckler, noun
Word Origin
C15: probably back formation from suckling
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Word Origin and History for suckling
n.

mid-15c., "an infant at the breast," from suck + diminutive suffix -ling. Cf. Middle Dutch sogeling, Dutch zuigeling, German Säugling. Meaning "act of breast-feeding" is attested from 1799.

suckle

v.

c.1400, perhaps a causative form of Middle English suken "to suck" (see suck), or a back-formation from suckling (though this word is attested only from mid-15c.). Related: Suckled; suckling.

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