verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for sucker
Sucker," the young man taunted, "I should be fighting Patterson, not you.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Sucker of the soft gelatinous world, was himself soft and gelatinous.The Sea|Jules Michelet
Then Fish Hawk rose into the air to a point where his shadow fell exactly on the spot where Sucker lay.
So she ran for the fording place on Sucker Creek, which was a good half mile above the shack in which the stranger was living.The Country Beyond|James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for sucker
- a strong shoot that arises in a mature plant from a root, rhizome, or the base of the main stem
- a short branch of a parasitic plant that absorbs nutrients from the host
Word Origin and History for sucker
"young mammal before it is weaned," late 14c., agent noun from suck. Slang meaning "person who is easily deceived" is first attested 1836, American English, on notion of naivete; the verb in this sense is from 1939. But another theory traces the slang meaning to the fish called a sucker (1753), on the notion of being easy to catch in their annual migrations. Meaning "lollipop" is from 1823.