suckle

verb suck·le \ ˈsə-kəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of suckle

suckled; suckling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of suckle in a Sentence

  1. a cat suckling her kittens

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of suckle

Middle English suklen, probably back-formation from suklyng

suckle Synonyms

Synonyms
breast-feed, nurse, wet-nurse
Related Words
bottle-feed
Near Antonyms
wean


SUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners

suckle

verb

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

suckle

verb suck·le \ ˈsə-kəl \

Definition of suckle for Students

suckled; suckling
:to feed from the breast or udder

Medical Dictionary

suckle

transitive verb suck·le \ ˈsək-əl \

medical Definition of suckle

suckled; suckling play \-(ə-)liŋ\
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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