suckle

verb
suck·​le | \ ˈsə-kəl How to pronounce suckle (audio) \
suckled; suckling\ ˈsə-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce suckling (audio) \

Definition of suckle

transitive verb

1a : to give milk to from the breast or udder a mother suckling her child
b : 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

intransitive verb

: to draw milk from the breast or udder

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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 on the Web Successive Egyptian leaders have indulged in grandiose schemes that suckle from the river, including Mr. el-Sisi, who is building a sprawling new administrative capital in the desert outside Cairo that experts say will deplete the Nile further. Declan Walsh And Somini Sengupta Graphics By Jeremy White Photographs By Laura Boushnak, New York Times, "For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.," 9 Feb. 2020 Some slaves, Jones-Rogers could say, were even known to serve as wet nurses, suckling the babes of their white counterparts. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, "Helpless women? Not these slave owners," 17 Apr. 2020 Successive Egyptian leaders have indulged in grandiose schemes that suckle from the river, including el-Sissi, who is building a sprawling new administrative capital in the desert outside Cairo that experts said will deplete the Nile further. Declan Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "For thousands of years, Egypt controlled the Nile. A new dam threatens that.," 9 Feb. 2020 Classic dishes will reappear on the menu, too, like bluefish wrapped in pancetta, suckling pig, and chorizo-stuffed lamb leg in addition to Goin’s latest menu for spring, which launched today. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Lucques, an LA Dining Icon, to Close After 21 Years," 11 Mar. 2020 What kind of shameless black woman imagines a little white boy sucking on the tip of an African girl’s banana skirt as the girl also suckles herself? Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 11 Feb. 2020 Gillin said the method is used on suckling pigs and neonatal animals in the euthanasia guidelines. oregonlive, "A bobcat wandered into an Oregon school. State agencies killed it, and people want to know why.," 13 Nov. 2019 Churches are packed for the simbang gabi, a series of nine Masses that begin before dawn and culminate in the Christmas Eve crescendo of gift giving, singing, and feasting over lechon, or suckling pig. National Geographic, "Christmas Brings Millions of Filipinos the Joy of Homecoming," 28 Dec. 2017 At the modern art museum, dozens of women first gathered on the grass outside with babies and toddlers suckling at their breasts, and then entered the building itself. Washington Post, "Mexican women protest violence via art, breastfeeding," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of suckle

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for suckle

Middle English suklen, probably back-formation from suklyng

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The first known use of suckle was in the 14th century

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“Suckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suckle. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for suckle

suckle

verb
How to pronounce suckle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of suckle

: to give (a baby or young animal) milk from a breast or from an udder

suckle

verb
suck·​le | \ ˈsə-kəl How to pronounce suckle (audio) \
suckled; suckling

Kids Definition of suckle

: to feed from the breast or udder
suck·​le | \ ˈsək-əl How to pronounce suckle (audio) \
suckled; suckling\ -​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce suckling (audio) \

Medical Definition of suckle

1 : to give milk to from the breast or udder a mother suckling her child
2 : to draw milk from the breast or udder of

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