[ suhk-ing ]
/ ˈsʌk ɪŋ /


not weaned.
very young.

Origin of sucking

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

Definition for sucking (2 of 2)

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 forms

suck·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 (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsʌkɪŋ) /


not yet weanedsucking pig
not yet fledgedsucking dove

British Dictionary definitions for sucking (2 of 2)


/ (sʌk) /



Derived Forms

suckless, 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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