American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A young mammal that has not been weaned.
- adj. Unweaned.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A suckler; a young animal not yet weaned.
- n. The white clover, Trifolium. repens
- n. the red clover, T. pratense
- n. the honeysuckle, Lonicera Periclymenum: so called because their flower-tubes are sucked for honey.
- Sucking, as a young mammal; not yet weaned; hence, figuratively, young and inexperienced.
- n. An infant that is still being breastfed (being suckled) by its mother.
- n. A young mammal which isn't weaned yet (such as a (foal) (baby horse) that is still being feed milk by its mother (dam).
- v. present participle of suckle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A young child or animal nursed at the breast.
- n. A small kind of yellow clover (Trifolium filiforme) common in Southern Europe.
- n. English poet and courtier (1609-1642)
- n. a young mammal that has not been weaned
- n. feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
- n. an infant considered in relation to its nurse
- Middle English suklinge : souken, suken, to suck; see suck + -ling, one that is young; see -ling1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The father took the formula home and soon came the sounds the distraught parents had so longed to hear: normal suckling from a contented baby.”
“Particularly at one sandwich that referred to an ingredient called suckling pig.”
“I did not like being described as a suckling, but every lot has its crumpled rose-leaf, and in all other respects the report of the elders was a triumph.”
“The term 'suckling' in English is different from sucking, although in English and many other languages the word sucking is often used for feeding at the breast.”
“Gor (i.e., a "suckling"), the lion's whelp (Gen. 49: 9; Jer. 51: 38, etc.).”
“They revert to early behaviours such as suckling or bed wetting.”
“Then they eat a giant feast, which may consist of foods such as suckling pig, "reisbrei" (a sweet cinnamon), white sausage, macaroni salad, and many regional dishes.”
““Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.””
“Bercow is a jumped up little tit with a Napoleon complex suckling at the taxpayer tit for all he can get.”
“Mostly, we do not like our own men that much, either, and find them to be whiners and blamers and big, hairy, suckling, and arrogant babies who give next to nothing back.”
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