: a device for creating or regulating suction (such as a piston or valve in a pump)
: a pipe or tube through which something is drawn by suction
: an organ in various animals for adhering or holding
: a mouth (as of a leech) adapted for sucking or adhering
: a shoot from the roots or lower part of the stem of a plant
: any of numerous chiefly North American freshwater bony fishes (family Catostomidae) closely related to the carps but distinguished from them especially by the structure of the mouth which usually has thick soft lips compare hog sucker, white sucker
He's just a con artist looking for another sucker.
That kid is a mean little sucker. Verb
a notorious imposter who at one time suckered a lot of people into believing that she was the Grand Duchess Anastasia suckered millions of desperate dieters with their grossly inflated claims of successful weight loss
Recent Examples on the Web
An episode in which Luis starts seeing a psychologist and is offered a chance at true transformation resolves with him and Julio deciding together that therapy is for suckers.—Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 Her implicit and potentially politically appealing message is: Why should America play the sucker when China and India are the ones to blame?—Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 Modernity, however, is a stubborn little sucker, and Buettner, who comes across a little like a more earnest Will Arnett, notes with dismay that some blue zones are getting less blue.—Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2023 The Forest Service also approved a plan to install additional fencing around the the clone, as well as temporary fences around smaller suckers, decommission some roads and prevent cattle grazing within and near Pando.—Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Aug. 2023 Realistic replicas of firearms: No to carry-on, but go ahead and check that sucker.—Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 7 Aug. 2023 Just ask Tom Walsh, who for 30 years has helped lead volunteer efforts to clean up areas of the monument and restore habitat for native wildlife including bears, mountain lions and federally endangered Santa Ana suckers.—Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 Jones picked this up easily and did what Jones does: reel in the sucker.—Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 16 July 2023 Both fish thrive in weedy areas, as the vegetation provides camouflaging cover and a good supply of smaller forage fish like suckers, chubs, bluegills, bass, and perch.—Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023
The Celtics – losers of four of their last five games and 10 of 15 – have been playing an annoying brand of basketball lately, the kind that makes a fan want to sucker-punch the panic button and trade everyone whose first name doesn’t begin with J for Andre Drummond.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Feb. 2021 Despite the emails, despite Ivanka’s ludicrous public lies in order to sucker new buyers, then–District Attorney Cyrus Vance axed the investigation—a move that just happened to coincide with a substantial donation to his office from none other than Donald Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz.—Casey Michel, The New Republic, 30 Sep. 2020 Some guy walks out of nowhere and sucker punches you.—Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 13 Dec. 2022 The focus has mainly been on spam bots that harass users or try to sucker them into scams, often related to cryptocurrency.—Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 19 Sep. 2022 Not every Nicolas Cage fan would sucker the iconoclastic star into going to a desert island under false pretenses, however, which is the premise behind The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the meta-comedy that hits theaters on April 22nd.—David Fear, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 Maybe promising deets on Travis -- and then killing him -- was a way to sucker Nat in and then untether her from one of the few living people who loved her.—Scottie Andrew, CNN, 16 Jan. 2022 In November 2020, malefactors in charge of the Egregor ransomware used an extremely offbeat trick to sucker-punch their victim, a Chilean retail giant called Cencosud.—David Balaban, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Poplars are fast-growing, unhealthy trees that often sucker profusely in lawns.—Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 See More
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