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 transitive verb
- Assistance in time of distress; relief.
- One that affords assistance or relief: “There is a higher beauty still in … 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