truckling

truckle

1 [truhk-uhl]
verb (used without object), truckled, truckling.
to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually followed by to ): Don't truckle to unreasonable demands.

Origin:
1605–15; special use of obsolete truckle to sleep on a truckle bed. See truckle2

truckler, noun
trucklingly, adverb
untruckled, adjective
untruckling, adjective


grovel, bow, concede, kowtow.
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truckle1 (ˈtrʌkəl)
 
vb (usually foll by to)
to yield weakly; give in
 
[C17: from obsolete truckle to sleep in a truckle bed; see truckle²]
 
'truckler1
 
n

truckle2 (ˈtrʌkəl)
 
n
1.  a small wheel; caster
2.  a small barrel-shaped cheese
 
vb
3.  (intr) to roll on truckles
4.  (tr) to push (a piece of furniture) along on truckles
 
[C15 trokel, from Anglo-Norman trocle, from Latin trochlea sheaf of a pulley; see trochlea]

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truckle
"small wheel or roller," 1397, from Anglo-Fr. trocle, from L. trochlea "a small wheel, sheaf of a pulley," from Gk. trokhileia "a pulley," from trokhos "wheel," from trekhein "to run," from PIE base *dhregh- "to run" (cf. O.Ir. droch "wheel," Lith. pa-drosti "to run fast"). Truckle bed "small bed on
wheels that can be stowed under a larger bed" is from 1459.

truckle
"give up or submit tamely," 1612, "sleep in a truckle bed" (see truckle (n.)). Meaning "give precedence, assume a submissive position" (1656, implied in truckling) is perhaps in allusion to that type of bed being used by servants and inferiors, or from it simply occupying the lower position.
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