[ suhk-er ]
/ ˈsʌk ər /


help; relief; aid; assistance.
a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc.

verb (used with object)

to help or relieve.
Also especially British, suc·cour.

Origin of succor

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English sucuren < Old French suc(c)urre, socorre < Latin succurrere to go beneath, run to help, equivalent to suc- suc- + currere to run (see current); (noun) Middle English soc(o)ur, back formation from sucurs (taken as plural) < Old French < Medieval Latin succursus, equivalent to Latin succur(rere) + -sus, var of -tus suffix of v. action
1, 3 support.
3 See help.
Related forms
Can be confusedsuccor sucker

Usage note

See -or1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for succour


US succor

/ (ˈsʌkə) /


help or assistance, esp in time of difficulty
a person or thing that provides help


(tr) to give aid to
Derived Formssuccourable or US succorable, adjectivesuccourer or US succorer, nounsuccourless or US succorless, adjective

Word Origin for succour

C13: from Old French sucurir, from Latin succurrere to hurry to help, from sub- under + currere to run
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