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sook

[ sook ]
/ sʊk /
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noun

Australia and New Zealand. a timid, cowardly person, especially a young person; crybaby.

interjection

Midland U.S. (used to summon cows from the pasture).

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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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British Dictionary definitions for sook (1 of 2)

sook1
/ (sʊk) /

noun

Southwest English dialect a baby
derogatory a coward
NZ informal a calf

Word Origin for sook

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

British Dictionary definitions for sook (2 of 2)

sook2

souk

Scot

verb

to suck

noun

the act or an instance of sucking
a sycophant; toady

Word Origin for sook

Old English sūcan
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