verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of suck
Related Words for suck inurge, activate, prompt, coax, engender, breed, promote, motivate, produce, persuade, convince, cause, generate, puff, smell, sniff, snort, swallow, consume, ingest
Word Origin for suck
Old English sucan, from PIE root *sug-/*suk- of imitative origin (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German sugan, Old Norse suga, Middle Dutch sughen, Dutch zuigen, German saugen "to suck;" Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Old Irish sugim, Welsh sugno "to suck"). Meaning "do fellatio" is first recorded 1928. Slang sense of "be contemptible" first attested 1971 (the underlying notion is of fellatio). Related: Sucked; sucking. Suck eggs is from 1906. Suck hind tit "be inferior" is American English slang first recorded 1940.
Also, suck into. Draw into a course of action, as in They sucked me into helping them raise money. [Second half of 1700s]
Take advantage of, cheat, swindle, as in That used-car salesman sure sucked in my uncle and aunt. This usage employs suck in the sense of “take in.” [First half of 1800s]