from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause or allow to take milk at the breast or udder; nurse.
  • transitive v. To take milk at the breast or udder of.
  • transitive v. To take in as sustenance; have as nourishment.
  • transitive v. To nourish as if with the milk of the breast; nurture: "a pagan suckled in a creed outworn” ( William Wordsworth).
  • intransitive v. To suck at the breast or udder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A teat.
  • v. To give suck to; to nurse at the breast.
  • v. To nurse; to suck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A teat.
  • intransitive v. To nurse; to suck.
  • transitive v. To give suck to; to nurse at the breast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give suck to; nurse, at the breast.
  • To suck; nurse.
  • n. A teat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. suck milk from the mother's breasts
  • v. give suck to


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English suclen, perhaps from suklinge, suckling; see suckling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

First attested 1408, perhaps a causative form of Middle English suken ("to suck"), or a back-formation from suckling (though this word is attested only from c. 1440).


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