Today's Word "truckle"

To act in a subservient manner on

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truckle \TRUHK-uhl\ (intransitive verb) - To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to act in a subservient manner.

"While Janice struggled to be obedient to the conventional values of her father, at the same time she worked to maintain her own playful, creative innocence, and the conflict made her truckle in the face of power."


Truckle is from truckle in truckle bed (a low bed on wheels that may be pushed under another bed; also called a trundle bed), in reference to the fact that the truckle bed on which the pupil slept was rolled under the large bed of the master. The ultimate source of the word is Greek trokhos, "a wheel."




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