Idioms for suck

    suck face, to engage in soul-kissing.

Origin of suck

before 900; (v.) Middle English souken, Old English sūcan, cognate with Latin sūgere; (noun) Middle English souke act of suckling, derivative of the noun; akin to soak


suck·less, adjectiveout·suck, verb (used with object)un·sucked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for suck in (1 of 2)

suck in

verb (adverb)

(tr) to attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etcthe current sucked him in
to draw in (one's breath) sharply
(tr) slang to deceive or defraud

British Dictionary definitions for suck in (2 of 2)

/ (sʌk) /



Derived forms of suck

suckless, adjective

Word Origin for suck

Old English sūcan; related to Old Norse súga, Middle Dutch sūgen, Latin sūgere to suck, exhaust; see soak
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Idioms and Phrases with suck in

suck in


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]

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