verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of sucker
Related Words for suckeredfool, feign, purport, assume, impersonate, bluff, profess, entice, beguile, persuade, betray, deceive, delude, extort, fleece, hoodwink, bilk, gouge, dupe, overcharge
- 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
"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.