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sucker

noun suck·er \ ˈsə-kər \

Definition of sucker

1 a :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
4 :lollipop 1
5 a :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 reference
  • see if you can get that sucker working again

Examples of sucker in a Sentence

  1. He's just a con artist looking for another sucker.

  2. That kid is a mean little sucker.

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First Known Use of sucker

14th century


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sucker

verb

Definition of sucker

suckered; suckering play \ˈsə-k(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to remove suckers from
  • sucker tobacco
2 :hoodwink 3
intransitive verb
:to send out suckers
  • corn suckers abundantly

Examples of sucker in a Sentence

  1. a notorious imposter who at one time suckered a lot of people into believing that she was the Grand Duchess Anastasia

  2. suckered millions of desperate dieters with their grossly inflated claims of successful weight loss

Recent Examples of sucker from the Web

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First Known Use of sucker

1607



SUCKER Defined for English Language Learners

sucker

noun

Definition of sucker for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is easily tricked or deceived

  • : a person who is very strongly attracted to a particular type of thing or person

  • : an annoying person or thing


SUCKER Defined for Kids

sucker

noun suck·er \ ˈsə-kər \

Definition of sucker for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

sucker

noun suck·er \ ˈsək-ər \

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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