Nearby words

  1. such as it is,
  2. suchlike,
  3. suchness,
  4. suchou,
  5. suchow,
  6. suck in,
  7. suck off,
  8. suck up to,
  9. sucker,
  10. sucker bait


    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

Related formssuck·less, adjectiveout·suck, verb (used with object)un·sucked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for suck in

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


/ (sʌk) /



Derived Formssuckless, 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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Word Origin and History for suck in



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.

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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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