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 reference see if you can get that sucker working again


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for sucker

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 20 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Melt that sucker down in a saucepan and enjoy a nice soup. Colin Stokes, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2020 In his plays, naturalism is a red herring, designed to sucker you. New York Times, 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, 4 Oct. 2019 These trees have strong and spreading root systems that sucker readily. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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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
3 : lollipop
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
6 : suckling


suck·​er | \ ˈsək-ər How to pronounce sucker (audio) \

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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