Definition of suckle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    suckle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌkl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suckle
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌkl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌkl//
     
    he / she / it suckles
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌklz//
     
    past simple suckled
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌkld//
     
    past participle suckled
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌkld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌkld//
     
    -ing form suckling
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌklɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive] suckle somebody/something (of a woman or female animal) to feed a baby or young animal with milk from the breast or udder a cow suckling her calves (old-fashioned) a mother suckling a baby See related entries: Babies
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a baby or young animal) to drink milk from its mother’s breast or udder The young of some mammals continue to suckle for years.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: probably a back-formation from suckling.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: suckle