truckle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v truckle try to gain favor by cringing or flattering "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
    • v truckle yield to out of weakness
    • n truckle a low bed to be slid under a higher bed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Truckle A small wheel or caster.
    • v. t Truckle To roll or move upon truckles, or casters; to trundle.
    • v. i Truckle To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to submit; to creep. "Small, trucking states.""Religion itself is forced to truckle to worldly poliey."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n truckle A wheel of a pulley; also, a pulley.
    • n truckle Jabol, a truckle or pullie. … Moufle, a truckle for a pullie.
    • n truckle A small wheel or caster.
    • n truckle A small flat cheese.
    • n truckle A truckle-bed.
    • truckle To move on rollers or casters; trundle.
    • truckle To sleep in a truckle-bed. See truckle, n., 4, and truckle-bed.
    • truckle Hence To be tamely subordinate, as a pupil to his tutor, or a servant to his master; yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; submit; cringe; act in a servile manner: usually with to or under.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Truckle to yield meanly to the demands of another
    • Truckle a small wheel or castor: a truckle-bed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trochus, a wheel—Gr. trochostrechein, to run.

Usage

In literature:

There was no end of truckle-beds in the house, which he ordered to be got ready.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
I was on a truckle bed.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
He hated truckling, obsequious, cringing hypocrites.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
They accused him of truckling to labor.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
An ancient British truckle or boat, constructed of wicker-work, and still in use amongst Welsh fishermen and on the Irish lakes.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
She was English, Mrs. Truckles was, and so was the late Truckles.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Maggie leapt out of her truckle, and wrapping the plaidie round her, for she was a modest girl, she ran to the window.
"Terribly Intimate Portraits" by Noël Coward
It is pure incoherence, a chaos, a nulliverse, to whose haphazard sway I will not truckle.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
I shrank back after peering through the small aperture, for there was my uncle stretched out on 'Brownie's' truckle bed.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
First, that he lie upon the truckle bed, Whiles his young master lieth o'er his head.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
The truckling of familiars had inflated conceit.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Therefore it becomes necessary for him to truckle to Caesar, not for himself but for his party.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
I think it's sickening to try and truckle to her because she's so rich.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
There is too much truckling to the ruffian element, not only by Mr. Morley, but by most Unionists resident in Ireland.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Spinoza sat down on his truckle-bed with a great sigh of content.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
God made a truckling coward, there is his full history.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Humble or even truckling virtue may walk unspotted in this life.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He goes down before the foe, and truckles to her meanly.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
And at last they came upon the man they sought sleeping peacefully on a truckle bed.
"Scotland Yard" by George Dilnot
There must be no truckling even with Fifth Form girls.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

To no man I bow the head,
None may master me;
I will eat my crust of bread
Lauding liberty;
And upon my truckle bed
Glory to be free.
"Contentment" by Robert W Service
So from world of want and woe
I retreat with dread;
Tuned to Nature glad I go
With my bite of bread:
Praising God I lay me low
On my truckle bed.
"Contentment" by Robert W Service
Our wig of rhetoric is buckled,
And in a box, like cradle, truckled;
But not that cradle often seen,
'Twas one without a head I mean;
Nor was it needful for more stuff--
The wig itself was load enough.
"The Wig" by William Hutton
Where is the page boy of old Hawk and Buckle,
And what of our young Charlie this hot summer weather?
He is bobbing for tiddlers in a little trickle-truckle,
With his line and his hook and his breeches of leather.
"Hawk And Buckle" by Robert Graves
I can smell the salt, all right.
At our feet, the weed-mustachioed sea
Exhibits its glaucous silks,
Bowing and truckling like an old-school oriental.
You're no happier than I about it.
A policeman points out a vacant cliff
"Whitsun" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

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