\ 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 upsucked 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



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 Consider buying a vacuum with a HEPA filter in it (click here for GH’s recommendations) to suck those allergens right off the floor. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "12 Ways to Get Some Allergy Relief This Season, According to Experts," 26 Mar. 2020 My goal is to understand the hidden ways big money is sucked out of the system without helping patients. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "Tell Us About the Health Care Industry’s Markups and Middlemen," 27 Feb. 2020 Be sure to suck up any dust that falls to the floor. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Clean Blinds so They Go From Sad to Spotless," 24 Feb. 2020 But the news nevertheless rattled our perceptions that athletes are somehow impervious to these things -- more likely to tweak hamstrings or strain calves than be sucked into a global pandemic. George Ramsay, CNN, "Leagues postponed, athletes infected -- coronavirus plunges sport into the twilight zone," 12 Mar. 2020 Don't get sucked into the panic • Human nature never changes. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus fears shouldn't stop you from adding to your investment portfolio," 9 Mar. 2020 The president’s trial sucked Biden into the vortex as Republicans repeated unfounded allegations about the former vice president’s conduct vis-à-vis Burisma. Mona Charen, National Review, "Biden’s Second Chance," 4 Mar. 2020 Francis, played skillfully by Brazilian actor Welket Bungué, soon gets sucked into a world of gangsters in his quest to gain status and make a life for himself with the means available to him. Sarah Hucal, ABC News, "Berlin Film Festival highlights dark themes on its 70th anniversary," 29 Feb. 2020 Somehow, despite having only micro-short films to my name, I got sucked into the heart of Hollywood. NBC News, "Bong Joon Ho's interpreter details wild ride that was 'Parasite' awards season," 18 Feb. 2020 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, "Washington’s Triple Crown in rowing well earned," 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, "Dodge Demands Owners Sign Waiver When Ordering Demon," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of suck


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suck


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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2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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



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

: an act of sucking


\ 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.
\ 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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