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[soo k]
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  1. Australia and New Zealand. a timid, cowardly person, especially a young person; crybaby.
  1. 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

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Historical Examples

  • Ye're like the lambs—ye do naething but sook and wag your tail.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • These are sold in the sook at about six-pence a dozen, cotton included.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for sook


  1. Southwest English dialect a baby
  2. derogatory a coward
  3. NZ informal a calf

Word Origin

perhaps from Old English sūcan to suck, influenced by Welsh swci swead tame



  1. to suck
  1. the act or an instance of sucking
  2. a sycophant; toady

Word Origin

Old English sūcan
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Word Origin and History for sook


variant of souk.

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