From Middle English souken, suken, from Old English sūcan (to suck), from Proto-West Germanic *sūkan, from Proto-Germanic *sūkaną (to suck, suckle), from Proto-Indo-European *sewg-, *sewk- (to suck). Cognate with Scots souke (to suck), obsolete Dutch zuiken (to suck), Limburgish zuken, zoeken (to suck). Akin also to Old English sūgan (to suck), West Frisian sûge, sûge (to suck), Dutch zuigen (to suck), German saugen (to suck), Swedish suga (to suck), Icelandic sjúga (to suck), Latin sugō (suck), Welsh sugno (suck). Related to soak.


  • (US, UK) enPR: sŭk, IPA(key): /sʌk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌk
  • (some Northern English accents) enPR: so͝ok, IPA(key): /sʊk/
  • Rhymes: -ʊk
  • Hyphenation: suck


suck (countable and uncountable, plural sucks)

  1. An instance of drawing something into one's mouth by inhaling.
    • 2001, D. Martin Doney, Prayer Capsule: A Book of Honesty, page 261
      Bammer agreed “Probably a good idea,” he agreed with a quick suck on his straw, “won't stop you from picking up any of these chicks, though.”
  2. (uncountable) Milk drawn from the breast.
    • 2010, Barbara Tieken, Bull Vaulter: Alena of the Isle of Green (page 202)
      The infant took suck in an instant, pulling strongly.
  3. (Canada) A weak, self-pitying person; a person who refuses to go along with others, especially out of spite; a crybaby or sore loser.
    • 1999, Hiromi Goto, “Drift”, in Ms., v 9, n 3, p 82–6:
      “Why're you bothering to take her anywhere? I can't stand traveling with her. You're such a suck,” her sister said. Waved her smoke. “No fucking way I'm going.”
    • 2008, Beth Hitchcock, “Parenting Pair”, in Today's Parent, v 25, n 5, p 64:
      I used to think she was such a suck! She'd cry when I took to the ice, whether I skated well or badly. She'd cry when I left the house.
  4. A sycophant, especially a child.
  5. (slang, dated) A short drink, especially a dram of spirits.
  6. (vulgar) An act of fellatio.
    • 2012, Alex Carreras, Cruising with Destiny, page 12
      Nate exhaled a long, slow breath. What the hell was he thinking? He couldn't cruise the steam room looking for married men looking for a quick suck. He needed to shoot his load, but was he really that desperate?
  7. (slang, uncountable, sometimes considered vulgar) Badness or mediocrity.
    • 2019, Justin Blackburn, The Bisexual Christian Suburban Failure Enlightening Bipolar Blues, page 34:
      You don't have to call me on for everything, ok? I'm aware of my suck.


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suck (third-person singular simple present sucks, present participle sucking, simple past and past participle sucked)

  1. (transitive) To use the mouth and lips to pull in (a liquid, especially milk from the breast). [from 9th c.]
  2. (intransitive) To perform such an action; to feed from a breast or teat. [from 11th c.]
  3. (transitive) To put the mouth or lips to (a breast, a mother etc.) to draw in milk. [from 11th c.]
  4. (transitive) To extract, draw in (a substance) from or out of something. [from 14th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.i:
      That she may sucke their life, and drinke their blood,
      With which she from her childhood had bene fed.
  5. (transitive, archaic) To inhale (air), to draw (breath).
  6. (transitive) To work the lips and tongue on (an object) to extract moisture or nourishment; to absorb (something) in the mouth. [from 14th c.]
  7. (transitive) To pull (something) in a given direction, especially without direct contact. [from 17th c.]
  8. (transitive, slang, vulgar) To perform fellatio. [from 20th c.]
  9. (chiefly Canada, US, intransitive, slang, sometimes considered vulgar) To be inferior or objectionable: a general term of disparagement, sometimes used with at to indicate a particular area of deficiency. [from 20th c.]
    • 1969 November 2, Sid Moody; Jules Loh, Richard Meyer, “The USS Pueblo: 22: Panmunjom: General Pak Had One Last Trump”, in Charlotte Observer[1], page H-25:
      Schumacher recalls Bucher had also written 'Communism sucks' on the underside of his table
    • 1970 January 8, Hunter S. Thompson, “[letter to Steve Geller]”, in Fear and Loathing in America[2], New York: Simon & Schuster, published 2000, →ISBN, page 251:
      it has a few very high points . . . but as a novel, it sucks



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  • (to bring something into the mouth by inhaling): to blow
  • (to be poor at): to rock, to rule

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  • IPA(key): /sɵk/
  • Hyphenation: suck


suck c

  1. sigh; a deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration


Declension of suck 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative suck sucken suckar suckarna
Genitive sucks suckens suckars suckarnas



  1. sigh