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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.
Origin of suckle
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English sucklen; see suck, -le
Related forms
unsuckled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suckle
  • When they nurse they suckle desperately, thrusting out their tongue.
  • After the first week, mothers hunt for fish by day and suckle their pups by night.
  • Others suckle your scalp to extract your bodily fluids for sustenance.
  • The pups-who depend on her milk for six months-can now suckle again.
  • They lose condition, especially because new calves suckle and drain their mothers further.
  • suckle did not recommend cervical steroid injections because this might cause bleeding at the site of insertion of the needle.
  • When present, calves will be weighed and milk production will be estimated using the weigh-suckle-weigh technique.
  • Within a few weeks of birth, lambs form bands of their own, seeking out their mothers to suckle only occasionally.
  • Although calves will eat solid food before one year of age, they continue to suckle for several years.
  • Milk production will then be estimated using a modified weigh-suckle-weigh technique and portable milking machine.
British Dictionary definitions for suckle


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 suckle

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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