Etymology
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suckling (n.)

mid-15c., "infant at the breast," from suck + diminutive suffix -ling. Similar formation in Middle Dutch sogeling, Dutch zuigeling, German Säugling. Meaning "calf or other young mammal" is from 1520s. Meaning "act of breast-feeding" is attested from 1799. Adjectival sense "not yet weaned" is from 1799.

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Definitions of suckling
1
suckling (n.)
an infant considered in relation to its nurse;
Synonyms: nursling / nurseling
suckling (n.)
a young mammal that has not been weaned;
suckling (n.)
feeding an infant by giving suck at the breast;
Synonyms: lactation
2
Suckling (n.)
English poet and courtier (1609-1642);
Synonyms: Sir John Suckling
From wordnet.princeton.edu