[ suhk-er ]
/ ˈsʌk ər /


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.

Origin of sucker

1350–1400; 1835–45 for def 2; Middle English; see suck, -er1
Related formssuck·er·like, adjective
Can be confusedsuccor sucker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for suckered


/ (ˈsʌkə) /



(tr) to strip off the suckers from (a plant)
(intr) (of a plant) to produce suckers
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Word Origin and History for suckered



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for suckered


[ 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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