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Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌk(ə)l
 
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noun

A small barrel-shaped cheese, especially Cheddar.
Example sentences
  • The gentleman in front of her announced that he had come to collect a cheddar - a whole truckle and they are big!
  • Each truckle of cheese is covered in a wax coating.
  • Plenty of crusty bread and a big salad with a simplified cheese board, such as a whole Brie and a small truckle of Cheddar, will go down better than a pudding.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a wheel or pulley): from Anglo-Norman French trocle, from Latin trochlea 'sheaf of a pulley'. The current sense dates from the early 19th century and was originally dialect.

Words that rhyme with truckle

buckle, chuckle, knuckle, muckle, ruckle, suckle

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truckle2

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrʌk(ə)l
 
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verb

[no object]
Submit or behave obsequiously: she despised her husband, who truckled to her
More example sentences
  • Doll Conovan reliably slips backs into Dix's life every time he's released from jail, but he barely acknowledges her existence even when she shares his apartment and caters to his every whim obsequiously truckling, ‘Yeah!’
  • Sometimes they indulge false hopes that by lying low, truckling, appeasing, they can avoid danger and strife… And this is what seems to have happened in Spain.
  • But the confused combination of ‘respect’ for, fear of, contempt for and truckling to the community was not governed by electoral considerations alone.
Synonyms
kowtow, submit, defer, yield, bend the knee, bow and scrape, make up, be obsequious, pander, toady, prostrate oneself, grovel;
fawn on, dance attendance on, curry favour with, ingratiate oneself with, abase oneself before
informal suck up, crawl, lick someone's boots
North American informal brown-nose
Australian/New Zealand informal smoodge

Origin

mid 17th century: figuratively, from truckle bed; an earlier use of the verb was in the sense sleep in a truckle bed.

Derivatives

truckler

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noun
Example sentences
  • Having lived in Canada, my patience for Canadian trucklers and proditors may be less than yours.
  • Even his trucklers couldn't deal with the full impact of his vituperations.
  • What is happening between her trucklers and us is not a debate.

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