- Australia and New Zealand. a timid, cowardly person, especially a young person; crybaby.
- Midland U.S. (used to summon cows from the pasture).
Origin of sook
1890–95; probably from earlier sense “calf reared by hand,” perhaps suck(-calf), with spelling representing N England, Scots pronunciation of suck (but earliest cited pronunciation of sook is (so̅o̅k))
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Examples from the Web for sook
The photographic fantasies of In Sook Kim peek inside the private worlds of people who live in glass houses.The Art of Voyeurism
April 22, 2010
Ye're like the lambs—ye do naething but sook and wag your tail.The Proverbs of Scotland
These are sold in the sook at about six-pence a dozen, cotton included.Behind the Veil in Persia and Turkish Arabia
M. E. Hume-Griffith
His name was Patches, but he answered to Piffle and he was a sook and a cuddler.Dreaming of Dreaming
Peter E. Williams
Here on one side lay the sook of the jewellers, and on the opposite were arrayed the tiny stalls of the dealers in copper wares.God Wills It!
William Stearns Davis
Our stay at Sook, though unintentional, seemed to be in right ordering, for service opened up there.Eli and Sibyl Jones
Rufus Matthew Jones
- Southwest English dialect a baby
- derogatory a coward
- NZ informal a calf
perhaps from Old English sūcan to suck, influenced by Welsh swci swead tame
- to suck
- the act or an instance of sucking
- a sycophant; toady
Old English sūcan
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Word Origin and History for sook
variant of souk.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper