suck

verb
\ ˈsək How to pronounce suck (audio) \
sucked; sucking; sucks

Definition of suck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to draw (something, such 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
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

intransitive verb

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
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
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
4 slang, sometimes vulgar : to be objectionable or inadequate our lifestyle sucksPlayboy people who went said it sucked— H. S. Thompson
suck it up
: to make the effort required to do or deal with something difficult or unpleasant

suck

noun

Definition of suck (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sucking movement or force
2 : the act of sucking

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Synonyms & Antonyms for suck

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of suck in a Sentence

Verb sucking milk through a straw a toddler sucking his thumb She just sucked her teeth and stared. She sucked on an orange slice. I sucked a cough drop. The tide almost sucked us out to sea. The boat was sucked under the water in the storm. These plants suck moisture from the soil. The fan sucks smoke from the air. a vacuum cleaner that sucks up water as well as dirt Noun He took a suck on his pipe.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hospitals try to house those who test positive in special negative-pressure rooms that suck away air contaminated by virus droplets. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 The Amazon best-seller is a top-performing vacuum cleaner that can suck up everything from long hair to crumbs without issue. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 22 Aug. 2021 The invasive insects will suck the sap from more than 70 plant species, but prefer the tree of heaven as their host. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 8 Oct. 2021 That could suck more oxygen out of college basketball’s regular season, an important lead-in to the tournaments. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 This stick vacuum is complete with a high tech digital motor that can spin up to 420 miles per hour, which is powerful enough to easily suck up any dirt, pet hair, and debris laying around the house. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 9 Sep. 2021 These circular suckers navigate around your home – ideal for carpet, tile, and wood floors – and suck up dirt, dust, crumbs, and pet hair (and allergens, too). Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2020 Trubisky forced a pass to tight end Zach Miller that Vikings safety Harrison Smith intercepted at the Bears 28-yard line to suck the air out of a building that had come alive with possibility. Jonathon Berlin, chicagotribune.com, 23 Sep. 2021 High temperatures and low humidity suck the moisture out of vegetation to create dry fuels, so one spark easily ignites a wildfire, which swift winds can then push across a landscape with incredible speed. Matt Simon, Wired, 17 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maybe that explains one of the Washington women’s rowing team’s mottos this year: Embrace the suck. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, 29 May 2017 While these are technically DOT legal, FCA points out that the meats wear quickly on the highway, suck in the rain, and should not, under any circumstances, be used in any way, shape, or form at temperatures below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of suck

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suck

Verb

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

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The first known use of suck was before the 12th century

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24 Oct 2021

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“Suck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suck. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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suck

verb

English Language Learners Definition of suck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

suck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of suck (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of sucking

suck

verb
\ ˈsək How to pronounce suck (audio) \
sucked; sucking

Kids Definition of suck

1 : to draw something (as liquid or air) into the mouth He sucked chocolate milk through a straw.
2 : to draw liquid from by action of the mouth He sucked an orange.
3 : to allow to dissolve gradually in the mouth suck a lollipop
4 : to put (as a thumb) into the mouth and draw on as if drawing liquid
5 : to take in by or as if by absorption or suction Plants suck moisture from the soil.

suck

transitive verb
\ ˈsək How to pronounce suck (audio) \

Medical Definition of suck

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 : to draw out by suction

intransitive verb

: 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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