Muckle vs Suckle - What's the difference?

muckle | suckle |

As nouns the difference between muckle and suckle

is that muckle is (chiefly|scotland) a great amount while suckle is (obsolete) a teat.

As verbs the difference between muckle and suckle

is that muckle is (us|dialectal) to latch onto something with the mouth while suckle is to give suck to; to nurse at the breast.

As an adjective muckle

is (archaic|outside|northumbria|and|scotland) large, massive.

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  • (chiefly, Scotland) A great amount.
  • Derived terms

    * many a mickle makes a muckle


    (en adjective)
  • (archaic, outside, Northumbria, and, Scotland) Large, massive.
  • * , song A Pair o Nicky-tams :
  • She clorts a muckle piece [sandwich] tae me, wi' different kinds o' jam,
    An' tells me ilka nicht that she admires my Nicky Tams.
  • (archaic, outside, Northumbria, and, Scotland) Much.
  • Verb

  • (US, dialectal) To latch onto something with the mouth.
  • * {{quote-book, 1954, Elizabeth Ogilvie, The Dawning of the Day citation
  • , passage= And how'd she get such a holt on you, Terence Campion, let alone the way she's muckled onto those Bennetts?}}
  • * {{quote-book, 2002, William G. Wilkoff, The Maternity Leave Breastfeeding Plan, isbn=0743213459 citation
  • , passage=Another technique for the baby who is having trouble muckling on involves a breast or nipple shield.}}
  • * {{quote-book, 2004, William J. Vande Kopple, The Catch: Families, Fishing, and Faith, page=18, isbn=0802826776 citation
  • , passage=When an exhausted sucker is hauled to the top of The Wall, usually its muckling circle of a mouth goes into a frenzied sucking spasm.}}
  • (rare) To talk big; to exaggerate.
  • * {{quote-book, 1896, , The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan, year_published=1941
  • , passage=I told him all, / Both bad and good; / I bade him call — / He said he would: / I added much — the more I muckled , / The more that chuckling chummy chuckled! }}


    * (to talk big) mickle


    * * * Geordie English





    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A teat.
  • Verb

  • To give suck to; to nurse at the breast.
  • * William Shakespeare
  • The breasts of Hecuba / When she did suckle Hector, looked not lovelier.
  • * Landor
  • They are not weak, suckled by Wisdom.
  • To nurse; to suck.
  • Derived terms

    * suckling