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[suhk-uh l] /ˈsʌk əl/
verb (used with object), suckled, suckling.
to nurse at the breast or udder.
to nourish or bring up.
to put to suck.
verb (used without object), suckled, suckling.
to suck at the breast or udder.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English sucklen; see suck, -le
Related forms
unsuckled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Ever since he has been a pup he has suckled this ball, even to the point where he falls asleep with it in his mouth.
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  • Transport and temporary separation of suckled calves from the herd at different ages during rearing.
  • Deer calves should receive colostrum from their dams, and should therefore have suckled before weaning.
  • The practicalities and economics of ethologically and ecologically raised double suckled beef.
  • Health and performance of calves that were suckled or were hand-fed colostrum and were fed one of three physical forms of starter.
British Dictionary definitions for suckled


to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or (of a baby, etc) to suck milk from the breast
(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 suckled



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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