from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small wheel or roller; a caster.
- intransitive v. To be servile or submissive. See Synonyms at fawn1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a small wheel; a caster or pulley
- v. To roll or move upon truckles, or casters; to trundle.
- v. to act in a submissive manner; to fawn, submit to a superior
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small wheel or caster.
- intransitive v. To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to submit; to creep.
- transitive v. To roll or move upon truckles, or casters; to trundle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wheel of a pulley; also, a pulley.
- n. Jabol, a truckle or pullie. … Moufle, a truckle for a pullie.
- n. A small wheel or caster.
- n. A small flat cheese.
- n. A truckle-bed.
- To move on rollers or casters; trundle.
- To sleep in a truckle-bed. See truckle, n., 4, and truckle-bed.
- Hence To be tamely subordinate, as a pupil to his tutor, or a servant to his master; yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; submit; cringe; act in a servile manner: usually with to or under.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a low bed to be slid under a higher bed
- v. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
- v. yield to out of weakness
"I suppose that's what they call a truckle-bed," he mused.
They frankly welcomed the new-comer, and if they did not, as Ingred had bitterly prognosticated, exactly "truckle" to her, they certainly began to treat her as a favorite.
A Vacherin Mont d'Or with some really good crackers is hard not to like, as is a Stilton or a truckle of English cheddar.
"Britons, fortified by a much more active, muscular liberalism, would no longer truckle to politically correct notions of passive tolerance," says the Prime Minister.
He and his friends, pursuing “a nobler destiny,” felt “no disposition to truckle to the petty usurper, who came into power against the wishes of the great men of his own party, and whose personal character was unworthy of the favor of the meanest minion that shouted in his train.”
“Let those whose servility of soul qualified them for the menial task truckle to the Executive,” he declared.
I returned to the cramped little room I shared with Bridget and the maids—they slept on the truckle bed—still starved for company.
Then I took it to Custer for his signature; he tore his hair and swore he'd die before he'd "truckle to that miscreant Grant".
And that Obama expects a return to civility and fair treatment by supporting such reThugs and instead he got from Lieberman precisely what you get when you truckle to rethugs: Lieberman endorsed McCain drawing independents away and Obama lost New Hampshire.
Because the principal (and his related principal Deciders) in the school district decided that it was easier to truckle to a ridiculous complaint than to explain why the complaint, in this instance, was ridiculous ... which would've meant explaining why the original title of the novel the play's based on is irrelevant to the nature of the play.