[ suhk ]
See synonyms for: sucksuckingsucks on

verb (used with object)
  1. to draw into the mouth by producing a partial vacuum by action of the lips and tongue: to suck lemonade through a straw.

  2. to draw (water, moisture, air, etc.) by or as if by suction: Plants suck moisture from the earth. The pump sucked water from the basement.

  1. to apply the lips or mouth to and draw upon by producing a partial vacuum, especially for extracting fluid contents: to suck an orange.

  2. to put into the mouth and draw upon: to suck one's thumb.

  3. to take into the mouth and dissolve by the action of the tongue, saliva, etc.: to suck a piece of candy.

  4. to render or bring to a specified condition by or as if by sucking.

  5. Slang: Vulgar. to perform fellatio on (sometimes followed by off).

verb (used without object)
  1. to draw something in by producing a partial vacuum in the mouth, especially to draw milk from the breast.

  2. to draw or be drawn by or as if by suction.

  1. (of a pump) to draw air instead of water, as when the water is low or a valve is defective.

  2. Slang. to be repellent or unpleasant: Poverty sucks.

  3. Slang. to be inferior, as in quality or execution; be poor: Everyone says the show sucks. She sucks at tennis.

  4. Slang. to behave in a fawning manner (usually followed by around).

  1. an act or instance of sucking.

  2. a sucking force.

  1. the sound produced by sucking.

  2. that which is sucked; nourishment drawn from the breast.

  3. a small drink; sip.

  4. a whirlpool.

Verb Phrases
  1. suck in, Slang. to deceive; cheat; defraud: The confidence man sucked us all in.

  2. suck up, Slang. to be obsequious; toady: The workers are all sucking up to him because he's the one who decides who'll get the bonuses.

Idioms about suck

  1. suck face, to engage in soul-kissing.

Origin of suck

First recorded before 900; (verb) Middle English souken, Old English sūcan, cognate with Latin sūgere; (noun) Middle English souke “act of suckling,” derivative of the noun; akin to soak

Other words from suck

  • suckless, adjective
  • outsuck, verb (used with object)
  • un·sucked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use suck in a sentence

  • It would be noon before the sun could suck up this moisture.

  • They suck up this, in the most approved fashion, through a hollow reed, out of the original still-pot.

    The Pacification of Burma | Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • My thin blood seemed to suck up the cold until I was benumbed and almost unable to move the wheel.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen
  • I spread them on my face late in summer after a shower and suck up their breath.

  • They also suck up a few other things as well, which are necessary indeed, but far from forming the bulk of the nutriment.

    Science in Arcady | Grant Allen

British Dictionary definitions for suck


/ (sʌk) /

  1. to draw (a liquid or other substance) into the mouth by creating a partial vacuum in the mouth

  2. to draw in (fluid, etc) by or as if by a similar action: plants suck moisture from the soil

  1. to drink milk from (a mother's breast); suckle

  2. (tr) to extract fluid content from (a solid food): to suck a lemon

  3. (tr) to take into the mouth and moisten, dissolve, or roll around with the tongue: to suck one's thumb

  4. (tr; often foll by down, in, etc) to draw by using irresistible force: the whirlpool sucked him down

  5. (intr) (of a pump) to draw in air because of a low supply level or leaking valves, pipes, etc

  6. (tr) to assimilate or acquire (knowledge, comfort, etc)

  7. (intr) slang to be contemptible or disgusting

  8. sucking diesel informal doing very well; successful

  9. suck it and see informal to try something to find out what it is, what it is like, or how it works

  1. the act or an instance of sucking

  2. something that is sucked, esp milk from the mother's breast

  1. give suck to to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or udder

  2. an attracting or sucking force: the suck of the whirlpool was very strong

  3. a sound caused by sucking

Origin of suck

Old English sūcan; related to Old Norse súga, Middle Dutch sūgen, Latin sūgere to suck, exhaust; see soak

Derived forms of suck

  • suckless, adjective

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