- An example of suck is what many babies do with their thumbs.
- An example of suck is what a vacuum cleaner does when it picks up dirt off of the rug.
- to draw (liquid) into the mouth by creating a vacuum or partial vacuum with the lips, cheeks, and tongue
- to draw up (water, oil, etc.) by the action of a pump
- to take up or in by or as by sucking; absorb, inhale, etc.: to suck air into the lungs
- to suck liquid from (a breast, fruit, etc.)
- to hold (candy, ice, etc.) in the mouth and lick so as to dissolve and consume
- to place (the thumb, a pencil, etc.) in the mouth and draw on as if sucking
- to bring into a specified state by sucking: to suck an orange dry
- Slang, Vulgar to perform fellatio on
Origin of suckMiddle English suken from Old English sucan, akin to German saugen from Indo-European an unverified form seuk-, an unverified form seug- from base an unverified form seu-, damp, juice from source sup, Classical Latin sucus, juice, sugere, to suck
- to draw in water, air, etc. by creating a partial vacuum
- to suck milk from the breast or udder
- to hold something in the mouth and lick or draw on it: used with on or at: to suck on a piece of ice, sucking away at his pipe
- to make a sound or movement of sucking
- to draw in air instead of liquid: said of a faulty pump
Origin of sucksee sucktransitive verbSlang to be contemptible or very unsatisfying, as because of low quality: considered mildly vulgar by some: this show sucks
- the act of sucking; sucking action or force; suction
- a sound or movement of sucking
- something drawn in by sucking
- Informal the amount sucked at one time; sip
- to compress and pull inward: to suck in one's belly
- Slang to take advantage of; swindle, etc.
suck it up
suck up (to)
verbsucked, suck·ing, sucks
- a. To draw (liquid) into the mouth by movements of the tongue and lips that create suction.b. To draw a liquid into the mouth through or from: a baby sucking a bottle.c. To hold, moisten, or maneuver (a sweet, for example) in the mouth, especially in creating suction.
- a. To draw in by establishing a partial vacuum: a cleaning device that sucks up dirt; sucked air into his lungs.b. To draw in a current in a fluid: debris that got sucked into the drain.c. To cause to be involved or engaged in something: teenagers who are sucked into a life of crime.
- Vulgar Slang To perform fellatio on.
- To move the tongue and lips to create suction: sucked on a straw.
- To draw something in by suction: The pump started to suck.
- To draw nourishment from a breast or teat; suckle.
- To make a sound caused by suction.
- Slang a. To be highly unpleasant or disagreeable: This job sucks.b. To be of poor or inferior quality: The acting in that movie sucked.c. To be inept: I suck at math.
- The act or sound of sucking: gave the straw a suck.
Origin of suckMiddle English suken from Old English sūcan ; see seuə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sucks, present participle sucking, simple past and past participle sucked)
- To use the mouth and lips to pull in (a liquid, especially milk from the breast). [from 9th c.]
- (intransitive) To perform such an action; to feed from a breast or teat. [from 11th c.]
- To put the mouth or lips to (a breast, a mother etc.) to draw in milk. [from 11th c.]
- To extract, draw in (a substance) from or out of something. [from 14th c.]
- To work the lips and tongue on (an object) to extract moisture or nourishment; to absorb (something) in the mouth. [from 14th c.]
- To pull (something) in a given direction, especially without direct contact. [from 17th c.]
- To perform fellatio. [from 20th c.]
- (intransitive, slang) To be inferior or objectionable: a general term of disparagement, sometimes used with at to indicate a particular area of deficiency. [from 20th c.]
From Middle English souken, suken, from Old English sÅ«can (“to suck"), from Proto-Germanic *sÅ«kanÄ…, *sÅ«ganÄ… (“to suck, suckle"), from Proto-Indo-European *seug-, *sug-, *suk-. Cognate with Scots souke (“to suck"), obsolete Dutch zuiken (“to suck"). Akin also to Old English sÅ«gan (“to suck"), West Frisian sÃ»ge, sÃ»gje (“to suck"), Dutch zuigen (“to suck"), German saugen (“to suck"), Swedish suga (“to suck"), Icelandic sjÃºga (“to suck"), Latin sugÅ (“suck"), Welsh sugno (“suck"). Related to soak.