sucker

[ suhk-er ]
/ ˈsʌk ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

Slang. to make a sucker of; fool; hoodwink: another person suckered by a con artist.

verb (used without object)

to send out suckers or shoots, as a plant.

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Origin of sucker

1350–1400; 1835–45 for def 2; Middle English; see suck, -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM sucker

suck·er·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sucker

succor sucker
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British Dictionary definitions for sucker

sucker
/ (ˈsʌkə) /

noun

verb

(tr) to strip off the suckers from (a plant)
(intr) (of a plant) to produce suckers
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Scientific definitions for sucker

sucker
[ sŭkər ]

A part by which an animal sucks blood from or uses suction to cling to another animal. Leeches and remoras have suckers.
A shoot growing from the base or root of a tree or shrub and giving rise to a new plant, a clone of the plant from which it comes. The growth of suckers is a form of asexual reproduction.
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