Definition of suckle
1a : to give milk to from the breast or udder a mother suckling her childb : to nurture as if by giving milk from the breast was suckled on pulp magazines
2 : to draw milk from the breast or udder of lambs suckling the ewes
: to draw milk from the breast or udder
Examples of suckle in a Sentence
a cat suckling her kittens
the image of a mother suckling her babe is a standard artistic symbol of maternal love and nurturing
Recent Examples of suckle from the Web
Beautifully roasted suckling pigs were carried to a stout side table.
No one is going to serve roast suckling pig or goblets of mead — or any other food —
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Origin and Etymology of suckle
Middle English suklen, probably back-formation from suklyng
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
SUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suckle for English Language Learners
: to give (a baby or young animal) milk from a breast or from an udder
SUCKLE Defined for Kids
Definition of suckle for Students
: to feed from the breast or udder
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