truckle

  • 1 Truckle — Truc kle, v. i. [From truckle in truckle bed, in allusion to the fact that the truckle bed on which the pupil slept was rolled under the large bed of the master.] To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to submit; to creep. Small,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 truckle — [truk′əl] n. [ME trocle < L trochlea, pulley, roller: see TROCHLEA] short for TRUCKLE BED vi. truckled, truckling [< TRUCKLE (BED): with reference to its low position] to be servile; cringe, submit, toady, etc.: usually with to …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Truckle — Truc kle, n. [Dim. of truck a wheel; or from the kindred L. trochlea a block, sheaf containing one or more pulleys. See {Truck} a wheel.] A small wheel or caster. Hudibras. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Truckle — Truc kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Truckled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Truckling}.] To roll or move upon truckles, or casters; to trundle. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 truckle — verb crawl, cringe, fawn, grovel, toady, yield to the wishes of others Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 truckle to — index pander Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 truckle — *fawn, toady, cringe, cower Analogous words: defer, succumb, bow, cave, *yield, submit: *follow, tag, trail, tail …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 truckle — [v] fawn apple polish*, be servile, bootlick*, brownnose*, butter up*, cajole, fall all over, fall on one’s knees*, flatter, grovel, honey up*, kiss one’s feet*, kiss up*, kowtow*, lay it on*, lick boots*, massage*, oil*, pay court*, play up to* …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 truckle — {{11}}truckle (n.) small wheel or roller, late 14c., from Anglo Fr. trocle, from L. trochlea a small wheel, sheaf of a pulley, from Gk. trokhileia a pulley, from trokhos wheel, from trekhein to run, from PIE root *dhregh to run (Cf. O.Ir. droch… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 truckle — truckle1 truckler, n. trucklingly, adv. /truk euhl/, v.i., truckled, truckling. to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usually fol. by to): Don t truckle to unreasonable demands. [1605 15; special use of obs. truckle to sleep on a truckle bed …

    Universalium

  • 11 truckle — I. /ˈtrʌkəl / (say trukuhl) phrase (truckled, truckling) truckle to, to submit to or yield to obsequiously or tamely. {special use of obsolete truckle (verb) sleep on truckle bed} –truckler, noun II. /ˈtrʌkəl / (say trukuhl) noun 1. → pulley. 2.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 truckle — [15] A truckle is a ‘small wooden wheel or caster’. The word was originally used for a ‘pulley’ (an application which has now largely died out), and it was borrowed from Anglo Norman trocle. This in turn came via Latin trochlea ‘system of… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 truckle — truckle1 noun a small barrel shaped cheese, especially Cheddar. Origin ME (denoting a wheel or pulley): from Anglo Norman Fr. trocle, from L. trochlea sheaf of a pulley . truckle2 verb (usu. truckle to) submit or behave obsequiously. Derivatives… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 truckle — truck•le [[t]ˈtrʌk əl[/t]] v. i. led, ling to submit or yield obsequiously or tamely (usu. fol. by to) • Etymology: 1660–70; figurative use of obs. truckle to sleep on a truckle bed. See truckle truck′ler, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 truckle — [15] A truckle is a ‘small wooden wheel or caster’. The word was originally used for a ‘pulley’ (an application which has now largely died out), and it was borrowed from Anglo Norman trocle. This in turn came via Latin trochlea ‘system of… …

    Word origins

  • 16 truckle — intransitive verb (truckled; truckling) Etymology: from the lower position of the truckle bed Date: 1647 to act in a subservient manner ; submit Synonyms: see fawn • truckler noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 truckle to — submit or behave obsequiously. → truckle …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 truckle — verb truckle to sb/sth phrasal verb (T) old fashioned to do what someone tells you in a way that seems weak …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 truckle — n. & v. n. 1 (in full truckle bed) a low bed on wheels that can be stored under a larger bed. 2 orig. dial. a small barrel shaped cheese. v.intr. (foll. by to) submit obsequiously. Derivatives: truckler n. Etymology: orig. = wheel, pulley, f. AF… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 truckle — 1. noun a small wheel; a caster or pulley 2. verb to act in a submissive manner; to fawn, submit to a superior …

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