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truckle

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intransitive verb truck·le \ˈtrə-kəl\

Definition of truckle

truck·ledtruck·ling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. :  to act in a subservient manner :  submit

truck·ler play \-k(ə-)lər\ noun


Examples of truckle

  1. <the kind of guy who truckles to anyone who has even a suspicion of money>



Origin of truckle

from the lower position of the truckle bed


First Known Use: 1647

Synonym Discussion of truckle

fawn, toady, truckle, cringe, cower mean to behave abjectly before a superior. fawn implies seeking favor by servile flattery or exaggerated attention <waiters fawning over a celebrity>. toady suggests the attempt to ingratiate oneself by an abjectly menial or subservient attitude <toadying to his boss>. truckle implies the subordination of oneself and one's desires or judgment to those of a superior <truckling to a powerful lobbyist>. cringe suggests a bowing or shrinking in fear or servility <a cringing sycophant>. cower suggests a display of abject fear in the company of threatening or domineering people <cowering before a bully>.

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