An example of succor is giving the Heimlich maneuver to someone choking in a restaurant.
Origin of succorMiddle English socouren ; from Old French sucurre, socorre ; from Classical Latin succurrere ; from sub-, sub- + currere, to run: see course
- aid; help; relief
- a person or thing that succors
Origin of succorME socur, assumed sing. of socours < OFr sucurs < ML succursus < L, pp.: see succorthe
- Assistance in time of distress; relief.
- One that affords assistance or relief: “There is a higher beauty still in &ellipsis; being a succor to the oppressed” (Charles Sumner).
transitive verbsuc·cored, suc·cor·ing, suc·cors
Origin of succorMiddle English sucur, back-formation from sucurs (taken as pl.), from Old French secors, from Medieval Latin succursus, from past participle of Latin succurrere, to run to the aid of : sub-, sub- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present succors, present participle succoring, simple past and past participle succored)
- to give such assistance