Tuesday, March 09, 2004
truckle intransitive verb [TRUHK-uhl] To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to act in a subservient manner.
Definitions for truckle
- To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to act in a subservient manner.
- A small wheel or roller; a caster.
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Citations for truckle
Only where there was a "defiance," a "refusal to truckle," a "distrust of all authority," they believed, would institutions "express human aspirations, not crush them."
The son struggled to be obedient to the conventional, commercial values of the father and, at the same time, to maintain his own playful, creative innocence. This conflict could make him truckle in the face of power.
Origin of truckle
Truckle is from truckle in truckle bed (a low bed on wheels that may be pushed under another bed; also called a trundle bed), in reference to the fact that the truckle bed on which the pupil slept was rolled under the large bed of the master. The ultimate source of the word is Greek trokhos, "a wheel."