Definition of suck in English:

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Pronunciation: /sək/


1 [with object] Draw into the mouth by contracting the muscles of the lip and mouth to make a partial vacuum: they suck mint juleps through straws
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  • The pressure was immediately released from his mouth and he sucked in a gulp of air.
  • Hesitantly, I sucked in the smoke drawn through the pipe, holding it in my lungs and feeling the warmth inside of me, before slowly letting it out.
  • By the time the last rows have done their scraping, the beak is completely closed, leaving the algae trimmings to be sucked in during the next chomp.
sip, sup, siphon, slurp, draw, drink
1.1Hold (something) in the mouth and draw at it by contracting the lip and cheek muscles: she sucked a mint [no object]: the child sucked on her thumb
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  • Factors as diverse as skeletal muscle pathology and sucking a digit (thumb or finger) can substantially influence the growth of the face and dentition.
  • You place them between your gum and cheek and suck them slowly.
  • I mean if she had a lollipop in her mouth and started sucking her teeth, I would have thought she was Glamour Girl Sue.
1.2Draw milk, juice, or other fluid from (something) into the mouth or by suction: she sucked each segment of the orange carefully
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  • The lice are parasites and are sucking off essential fluids, while leaving a gaping wound prone to infection.
  • Thrips probe plant, fungus, and animal tissues with the slender mouthparts, and suck out fluid contents.
  • Supposedly they leap onto the backs of camels and suck out the blood.
1.3Draw in a specified direction by creating a vacuum: he was sucked under the surface of the river
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  • The lead car displaces the air, creating a vacuum to suck the trailing car along.
  • Before she had a chance to recover, the craft hit another rock and split apart, and Miri was sucked under the surface.
  • Air can be sucked out of the container, creating a vacuum, while the baby's head remains outside the ventilator.
1.4 [no object] (Of a pump) make a gurgling sound as a result of drawing air.
2Involve (someone) in something without their choosing: I didn’t want to be sucked into the role of dutiful daughter
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  • Is he being sucked into the febrile world of bickering, backstabbing artists, or can he use the RA as a platform to improve the status of architecture in Britain?
  • As he tries to find out what happened, he is sucked into a world of gunmen and no-go garrisons, brutalities and betrayals.
  • Or maybe she was sucked into a maelstrom of organised crime, from which only he could extricate her.
implicate in, involve in, draw into
informal mix up in
3 [no object] North American informal Be very bad, disagreeable, or disgusting: I love your country, but the weather sucks
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  • It sucks having to work a million hours during the summer.
  • The only thing that sucked was having to take turns with my brother and sister.
  • Hit the grocery store - if the weather is going to suck, the food must rock.
be very bad, be awful, be terrible, be dreadful, be horrible
informal stink


1An act of sucking something.
Example sentences
  • Men also have many sensitive nerve endings in their nipples and can become very excited by nipple kisses, sucks, and twirls.
  • Stormy's here with me; he just jumped up and had a brief suck of my ears, but I don't think they taste as good as Mandy's and he's wandered off again.
  • You can tell a baby is swallowing by listening for a swallow sound after every one to four sucks.
1.1The sound made by water retreating and drawing at something: the soft suck of the sea against the sand
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  • There are the expected childhood fears - the dark, deep water, barking dogs, thunderstorms, spiders, the suck of the emptying bath.
  • They wouldn't hear it on the beach, not over the hiss and roar and suck of the ocean, and not over their own talking, singing, shrieking.



give suck

archaic Give milk from the breast or teat; suckle.
Example sentences
  • The children are tender, and the flocks and herds giving suck… For their sake, he must ‘journey on gently’ and meet up with his brother later in Seir.
  • The Virgin Mary gives suck to the infant Jesus both as his historical mother and as the metaphysical image of nourishing Mother Church.
  • Allah says in the Qur'an ‘The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years…’

suck someone dry

Exhaust someone’s physical, material, or emotional resources.
Example sentences
  • The empty state coffers, both literally and figuratively, combined with the raised public expectations, reveal how much Georgia has been sucked dry by state bribery and gangland criminality.
  • So what keeps me here on Long Island, in a place where I can barely afford to live, where the house we bought one year ago this week cost nearly half a million dollars and sucks us dry with property and school taxes?
  • Of course, when your company is based upon the idea of your customers sucking you dry via a multi-level marketing scheme, there's nowhere to go but up.

suck it up

US informal Accept a hardship.
Example sentences
  • Superstar artists are going to have to suck it up and deal with accepting less as well because their contracts are driving the outrageous prices.
  • They should suck it up and accept the will of the people.
  • He still has to suck it up as he has been sucking it up all his life.

Phrasal verbs


suck someone in

Cheat or deceive someone: we were sucked in by his charm and good looks
More example sentences
  • But what's the secret to sucking you in to see a movie?
  • It's hard to know whether the reporters actually think the Republican candidate is an interesting and new kind of candidate or whether in fact he's, you know, somehow sucked us in just by virtue of the unfettered access.
  • ‘When I was a high school student, they sucked me in,’ said Quinn, who had an anti-war stance at that time.

suck someone off

vulgar slang Perform fellatio on someone.

suck up

informal Behave obsequiously, especially for one’s own advantage: he has risen to where he is mainly by sucking up to the president
More example sentences
  • After about a minute of sucking up and butterfly kisses, he gave in.
  • Every waiter and waitress sucks up as much as humanly possible, assuming that that's the way to earn a nice gratuity.
  • He sucks up to the fat cats; they wrinkle their noses and hand him the check using a pair of tongs.


Old English sūcan (verb), from an Indo-European imitative root; related to soak.

  • The Old English verb sūcan is from an Indo-European root imitating the sound; Old English soak is related. The phrase suck up to was originally schoolboys' slang of the mid 19th century. Late Middle English suckle was probably formed from the slightly earlier suckling from suck. The word suction made its appearance in the early 17th century from the related Latin sugere ‘suck’. A sucker (Late Middle English) was originally a young mammal before it was weaned, or a baby feeding at its mother's breast. The notion of a naïve and innocent baby led, in the 19th century, to that of a gullible person or an easy victim. See also even

Words that rhyme with suck

buck, Canuck, chuck, cluck, cruck, duck, luck, muck, pluck, puck, ruck, schmuck, shuck, struck, stuck, truck, tuck, upchuck, yuck

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