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suck

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verb \ˈsək\

Simple Definition of suck

  • : to pull (liquid, air, etc.) into your mouth especially while your lips are forming a small hole

  • : to pull on (something in your mouth) with the muscles of your lips and mouth

  • : to let (something, such as candy or medicine) stay in your mouth as it melts

Full Definition of suck

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to draw (as liquid) into the mouth through a suction force produced by movements of the lips and tongue <sucked milk from his mother's breast>b :  to draw something from or consume by such movements <suck an orange> <suck a lollipop>c :  to apply the mouth to in order to or as if to suck out a liquid <sucked his burned finger>

  3. 2a :  to draw by or as if by suction <when a receding wave sucks the sand from under your feet — Kenneth Brower> <inadvertently sucked into the…intrigue — Martin Levin>b :  to take in and consume by or as if by suction <a vacuum cleaner sucking up dirt> <suck up a few beers> <opponents say that malls suck the life out of downtown areas — Michael Knight>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to draw something in by or as if by exerting a suction force; especially :  to draw milk from a breast or udder with the mouth

  6. 2 :  to make a sound or motion associated with or caused by suction <his pipe sucked wetly> <flanks sucked in and out, the long nose resting on his paws — Virginia Woolf>

  7. 3 :  to act in an obsequious manner <when they want votes…the candidates come sucking around — W. G. Hardy> —usually used with up <sucked up to the boss>

  8. 4 slang :  to be objectionable or inadequate <our lifestyle sucksPlayboy> <people who went said it sucked — H. S. Thompson>

suck it up
  1. :  to make the effort required to do or deal with something difficult or unpleasant

Examples of suck

  1. sucking milk through a straw

  2. a toddler sucking his thumb

  3. She just sucked her teeth and stared.

  4. She sucked on an orange slice.

  5. I sucked a cough drop.

  6. The tide almost sucked us out to sea.

  7. The boat was sucked under the water in the storm.

  8. These plants suck moisture from the soil.

  9. The fan sucks smoke from the air.

  10. a vacuum cleaner that sucks up water as well as dirt



Origin of suck

Middle English suken, from Old English sūcan; akin to Old High German sūgan to suck, Latin sugere


First Known Use: before 12th century


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suck

noun

Simple Definition of suck

  • : an act of sucking

Full Definition of suck

  1. 1 :  a sucking movement or force

  2. 2 :  the act of sucking

Examples of suck

  1. He took a suck on his pipe.



13th Century

First Known Use of suck

13th century


Medical Dictionary

suck

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transitive verb \ˈsək\

Medical Definition of suck

  1. 1:  to draw (as liquid) into the mouth through a suction force produced by movements of the lips and tongue <sucked milk from her mother's breast>

  2. 2:  to draw out by suction

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to draw something in by or as if by exerting a suction force; especially :  to draw milk from a breast or udder with the mouth






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