[ suhk-ing ]
/ ˈsʌk ɪŋ /


not weaned.
very young.

Nearby words

  1. suckerfish,
  2. suckerpunch,
  3. sucket fork,
  4. suckfish,
  5. suckhole,
  6. sucking louse,
  7. sucking reflex,
  8. sucking wound,
  9. suckle,
  10. suckler

Origin of sucking

before 1000; Middle English souking(e), Old English sūcende; see suck, -ing2

Origin of suck

before 900; (v.) Middle English souken, Old English sūcan, cognate with Latin sūgere; (noun) Middle English souke act of suckling, derivative of the noun; akin to soak

Related formssuck·less, adjectiveout·suck, verb (used with object)un·sucked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sucking

British Dictionary definitions for sucking


/ (ˈsʌkɪŋ) /


not yet weanedsucking pig
not yet fledgedsucking dove


/ (sʌk) /



Derived Formssuckless, adjective

Word Origin for suck

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

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Word Origin and History for sucking



Old English sucan, from PIE root *sug-/*suk- of imitative origin (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German sugan, Old Norse suga, Middle Dutch sughen, Dutch zuigen, German saugen "to suck;" Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Old Irish sugim, Welsh sugno "to suck"). Meaning "do fellatio" is first recorded 1928. Slang sense of "be contemptible" first attested 1971 (the underlying notion is of fellatio). Related: Sucked; sucking. Suck eggs is from 1906. Suck hind tit "be inferior" is American English slang first recorded 1940.

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