Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A young mammal that has not been weaned.
  • adjective Unweaned.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A suckler; a young animal not yet weaned.
  • noun The white clover, Trifolium. repens
  • noun the red clover, T. pratense
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A young child or animal nursed at the breast.
  • noun A small kind of yellow clover (Trifolium filiforme) common in Southern Europe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An infant that is still being breastfed (being suckled) by its mother.
  • noun A young mammal which isn't weaned yet (such as a (foal) (baby horse) that is still being feed milk by its mother (dam).
  • verb Present participle of suckle.

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

  • noun English poet and courtier (1609-1642)
  • noun a young mammal that has not been weaned
  • noun feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast
  • noun an infant considered in relation to its nurse

Etymologies

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

[Middle English suklinge : souken, suken, to suck; see suck + -ling, one that is young; see –ling.]

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  • lecher?

    August 5, 2009

  • it's an abstract noun; the root of 'lecher' is 'lick', apparently

    August 5, 2009