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Etymology 1Edit

From the verb to buckle, equivalent to buckle +‎ -ing.


buckling (plural bucklings)

  1. The act of fastening a buckle.
  2. (geology) A folding into hills and valleys.
  3. The action of collapsing under pressure or stress.


buckling (comparative more buckling, superlative most buckling)

  1. Wavy; curly, as hair.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for buckling in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



  1. present participle of buckle

Etymology 2Edit

buck +‎ -ling.


buckling (plural bucklings)

  1. A young male domestic goat of between one and two years.
    • 1994, Carla Emery, The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Ninth Edition, Sasquatch Books, →ISBN, page 715,
      If you do have extra milk, then by all means raise your extra bucklings and cull doelings for meat.
    • 1994, Mary C. Smith and David M. Sherman, Goat Medicine,[2] Blackwell Publishing, →ISBN, page 429,
      The newborn doe kids destined to become habitual aborters (and the buckling that carries the trait) are above average in weight and have a very fine haircoat.
    • 1997, Ruth Schubarth, “Born Backwards”, in Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell M. Collier, and Nancy Curtis (eds.), Leaning Into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West, Houghton Mifflin Books, →ISBN, page 161,
      I milk the goats and put wethers (the castrated bucklings) in the freezer with ducks, chickens, rabbits, and lambs.
Usage notesEdit
  • (young male goat): Not all sources agree on the exact age range for which this term applies; for example, one source applies it to kids as young as six months.[1]

Etymology 3Edit

cognate with Middle High German bockinc and Middle Dutch bocking (itself from bok (buck), referencing the foul smell)


buckling (plural bucklings)

  1. Smoked herring.
See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Stephen W. Barnett, “Goats”, in Stephen W. Barnett (ed.), Manual of Animal Technology,[1] Blackwell Publishing (2007), →ISBN, page 140: “male from 6 months to 2 years of age”.
  • Dr. P.A.F. van Veen e.a., Etymologisch Woordenboek. De herkomst van onze woorden., Van Dale Lexicografie, 1989 [Dutch etymological dictionary, in Dutch]
  • W. Martin; G[uy] A. J. Tops, et al. (1998) Van Dale Groot Woordenboek Engels–Nederlands [Van Dale Great Dictionary, English–Dutch], volume I, 3rd edition, Utrecht; Antwerp: Van Dale Lexicografie, →ISBN.