john suckling


  1. Sir John,1609–42, English poet.


  1. an infant or young animal that is still taking milk from the mother
  2. a very young child


  1. Sir John. 1609–42, English Cavalier poet and dramatist

mid-15c., “an infant at the breast,” from suck + diminutive suffix -ling. Cf. Middle Dutch sogeling, Dutch zuigeling, German Säugling. Meaning “act of breast-feeding” is attested from 1799.

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