\ˈsək \
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



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

bite [slang], smell, stink

Antonyms: Verb

rock [slang], rule [slang]

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Examples of suck in a Sentence


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


He took a suck on his pipe.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The mouth clenched tight around my nipple, light sucking on andsucking out. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Keira Knightley Criticizes the Expectations Set on Kate Middleton After Giving Birth," 7 Oct. 2018 Seriously, disinformation sucks right now on the web. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "How Facebook Wants to Improve the Quality of Your News Feed," 23 May 2018 The first is carbon removal, the use of special technology to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, lowering global temperatures in the process. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "World Needs to Set Rules for Geoengineering Experiments, Experts Say," 23 May 2018 Yesterday, Kim Kardashian West decided to post a sultry photo of herself sucking on a lollipop, and a room full of Health editors breathed a communal sigh of disappointment. Blake Bakkila,, "The Important Reason We Can't Ignore Kim Kardashian's Concerning Appetite Suppressant Ad," 17 May 2018 As Kirillov, his suggestible victim, paced the stage, preparing to commit suicide as the ultimate proof of his free will, Verkhovensky slowly and deliberately devoured a chicken, diligently sucking on every wing and bone. The Economist, "A great Russian director brings history to life on stage," 17 May 2018 Having to sit through a couple of months of really ridiculous comments sucks. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Aquaria talks Melania Trump, ‘Drag Race’ fans and the show’s increasing importance," 16 May 2018 Each is sucking on his or her own black plastic drinking straw. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Could It Be the Last Straw for Plastic Straws?," 13 Apr. 2018 There are signs that the jihadists are learning from one another and sucking money and support from militant groups in the Middle East. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018

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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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 \
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.

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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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