truckling


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truck·le

 (trŭk′əl)
n.
A small wheel or roller; a caster.
intr.v. truck·led, truck·ling, truck·les
To be servile or submissive. See Synonyms at fawn1.

[Middle English trocle, pulley, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin trochlea, system of pulleys; see trochlea.]

truck′ler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.truckling - the act of obeying meanly (especially obeying in a humble manner or for unworthy reasons)truckling - the act of obeying meanly (especially obeying in a humble manner or for unworthy reasons)
obedience, obeisance - the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person
References in classic literature ?
Appointed Public Orator, or showman, of his university, Cambridge, he spent some years in enjoying the somewhat trifling elegancies of life and in truckling to the great.
He went to study in Paris with the determination that when he provincial home again he would settle in some provincial town as a general practitioner, and resist the irrational severance between medical and surgical knowledge in the interest of his own scientific pursuits, as well as of the general advance: he would keep away from the range of London intrigues, jealousies, and social truckling, and win celebrity, however slowly, as Jenner had done, by the independent value of his work.
It is humbling, and it is afflicting to see so noble a creatur' as this, who has fou't in many a bloody fray, truckling before his superstition like a beggar asking for the bones you would throw to the dogs.