suck·​er | \ ˈsə-kər How to pronounce sucker (audio) \

Definition of sucker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that sucks especially a breast or udder : suckling
b : a device for creating or regulating suction (such as a piston or valve in a pump)
c : a pipe or tube through which something is drawn by suction
d(1) : an organ in various animals for adhering or holding
(2) : a mouth (as of a leech) adapted for sucking or adhering
2 : a shoot from the roots or lower part of the stem of a plant
3 : 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
5a : a person easily cheated or deceived
b : a person irresistibly attracted by something specified a sucker for ghost stories
c used as a generalized term of referencesee if you can get that sucker working again


suckered; suckering\ ˈsə-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce suckering (audio) \

Definition of sucker (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to remove suckers from sucker tobacco

intransitive verb

: to send out suckers corn suckers abundantly

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Examples of sucker in a Sentence

Noun 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If an art-house film gets credit for what commercial movies have already done much better, then Katherine’s victims aren’t the only suckers here. Charles Taylor, MSNBC Newsweek, "Cannes' Favorite 'Lady Macbeth' Isn't Daring, but It Might Be Racist," 17 July 2017 As Wallace, his daughter and others were sucker-punched, stomped and beaten, the pavilion’s security team stood by and watched, the complaint says. Michael Gordon And Maria David, charlotteobserver, "Brutal beating of NASCAR driver after Rascal Flatts concert prompts lawsuit," 30 June 2017 But we’re suckers for a pretty face (and 495 horsepower), so the orange roadster left Eisenhower Place after 40,000 miles with a letter of recommendation and an invitation for Jaguar to send us its next creation. Jeff Sabatini, Car and Driver, "2017 Jaguar XE," 29 June 2017 These nomadic vamps got a scent for Bella, and threw life into chaos for both the Cullens and the wolves destined to protect humans from their blood-sucker nemeses. Maria Tallarico, Cosmopolitan, "The Supporting Cast of Twilight: Where Are They Now?!," 28 June 2017 The Battle of the Bands sequence takes it one step further, manifesting the dueling band-joes’ songs as a pair of battling kaiju who proceed to very nearly (and literally) tear the roof off the sucker. Keith Staskiewicz, Billboard, "With 'Baby Driver,' Edgar Wright Joins Elite DJ-Director Pantheon Alongside Tarantino & Scorsese," 28 June 2017 The Kiwis took a 6-1 lead into Monday's fifth day of racing in the 2017 event and landed the sucker punch with a win in race nine to clinch the oldest trophy in sport for the first time since the successful defence of 2000. CNN, "America's Cup: Team New Zealand gains revenge over Oracle Team USA," 26 June 2017 Grainy video of a sucker-punching president neatly captures a shift that has transpired slowly and then mind-bogglingly quickly in recent years: Hatred has come into the mainstream. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When Hatred Is a Joke," 3 July 2017 What Bovada might be looking for is sucker money from MLS dreamers longing for the league to get a world superstar at least at the end of his prime instead of clearly past his prime. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Ronaldo in China, MLS, Milan? You wanna bet?," 20 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In his plays, naturalism is a red herring, designed to sucker you. New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Height of the Storm,’ Two Stars and an Enigma," 24 Sep. 2019 The roots will continue to sucker until dead, so regular (as in possibly weekly) removal of suckers will be needed, probably for a few years. oregonlive, "Why are these Japanese maples dying? Ask an expert," 4 Oct. 2019 These trees have strong and spreading root systems that sucker readily. oregonlive, "Why are these Japanese maples dying? Ask an expert," 4 Oct. 2019 The fake to the running back suckered in the Cincinnati linebackers, who were stuck in no-man’s land. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Kyle Shanahan showed us why he’s the top offensive coordinator in the NFL," 15 Sep. 2019 There are horror stories of mobile games that seem designed to sucker people out of their money. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Apple’s Arcade video game service seeks to upend another business model," 13 Sep. 2019 Instead, the show bubbles over with goofy in-jokes about product placement, bad money management, and the highly specific Hollywood danger of getting suckered by one’s scheming influencer spouse. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "The Niche Celebrity Satire of “BH90210”," 2 Sep. 2019 To fall in line with their line of thinking is to acquiesce on choice and be suckered into believing the tired sentiment that only another old white man can defeat Sweet Potato Saddam. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: I’m Not Overlooking Joe Biden’s Gaffes Just Because Donald Trump Is A Racist Simpleton," 14 Aug. 2019 Unlike The Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) tree found in middle America, bottlebrush buckeye is a vigorous, suckering shrub. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Try this trio of pollinator plants for your Kentucky summer garden," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of sucker


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1607, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Sucker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sucker

informal : a person who is easily tricked or deceived
informal : a person who is very strongly attracted to a particular type of thing or person
chiefly US, informal : an annoying person or thing


suck·​er | \ ˈsə-kər How to pronounce sucker (audio) \

Kids Definition of sucker

1 : a person easily fooled or cheated
2 : a part of an animal's body used for sucking or for clinging by suction
4 : a freshwater fish related to the carp that has thick soft lips for sucking in food
5 : a new stem from the roots or lower part of a plant


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Medical Definition of sucker

1 : an organ in various animals (as a trematode or tapeworm) used for adhering or holding
2 : a mouth (as of a leech) adapted for sucking or adhering

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