not weaned.
very young.

Origin of sucking

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



verb (used with object)

to draw into the mouth by producing a partial vacuum by action of the lips and tongue: to suck lemonade through a straw.
to draw (water, moisture, air, etc.) by or as if by suction: Plants suck moisture from the earth. The pump sucked water from the basement.
to apply the lips or mouth to and draw upon by producing a partial vacuum, especially for extracting fluid contents: to suck an orange.
to put into the mouth and draw upon: to suck one's thumb.
to take into the mouth and dissolve by the action of the tongue, saliva, etc.: to suck a piece of candy.
to render or bring to a specified condition by or as if by sucking.

verb (used without object)

to draw something in by producing a partial vacuum in the mouth, especially to draw milk from the breast.
to draw or be drawn by or as if by suction.
(of a pump) to draw air instead of water, as when the water is low or a valve is defective.
Slang. to behave in a fawning manner (usually followed by around).
Slang. to be repellent or unpleasant: Poverty sucks.
Slang. to be inferior, as in quality or execution; be poor: Everyone says the show sucks. She sucks at tennis.


an act or instance of sucking.
a sucking force.
the sound produced by sucking.
that which is sucked; nourishment drawn from the breast.
a small drink; sip.
a whirlpool.

Verb Phrases

suck in, Slang. to deceive; cheat; defraud: The confidence man sucked us all in.
suck off, Slang: Vulgar. to fellate.
suck up, Slang. to be obsequious; toady: The workers are all sucking up to him because he's the one who decides who'll get the bonuses.


    suck face, to engage in soul-kissing.

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

Related Words for sucking

suction, lactation, aspiratory, paratrophic, suctorial

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British Dictionary definitions for sucking



not yet weanedsucking pig
not yet fledgedsucking dove



to draw (a liquid or other substance) into the mouth by creating a partial vacuum in the mouth
to draw in (fluid, etc) by or as if by a similar actionplants suck moisture from the soil
to drink milk from (a mother's breast); suckle
(tr) to extract fluid content from (a solid food)to suck a lemon
(tr) to take into the mouth and moisten, dissolve, or roll around with the tongueto suck one's thumb
(tr; often foll by down, in, etc) to draw by using irresistible forcethe whirlpool sucked him down
(intr) (of a pump) to draw in air because of a low supply level or leaking valves, pipes, etc
(tr) to assimilate or acquire (knowledge, comfort, etc)
(intr) slang to be contemptible or disgusting
sucking diesel informal doing very well; successful
suck it and see informal to try something to find out what it is, what it is like, or how it works


the act or an instance of sucking
something that is sucked, esp milk from the mother's breast
give suck to to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or udder
an attracting or sucking forcethe suck of the whirlpool was very strong
a sound caused by sucking
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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