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suck n : the act of sucking [syn: sucking, suction]


1 draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth; "suck the poison from the place where the snake bit"; "suck on a straw"; "the baby sucked on the mother's breast"
2 draw something in by or as if by a vacuum; "Mud was sucking at her feet"
3 attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.; "The current boom in the economy sucked many workers in from abroad" [syn: suck in]
4 take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words" [syn: absorb, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up]
5 give suck to; "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places" [syn: breastfeed, bottle-feed, suckle, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck] [ant: bottlefeed]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English sūcan



  1. To use the mouth to pull in liquid substances for ingestion or to perform a similar act on solid material without ingestion.
  2. To draw into, by any means, with an attractive force, usually without direct contact. Used to describe the effect of negative pressure allowing atmospheric pressure to push air in, as occurs with breathing, drinking and vacuum cleaning.
  3. Term of general disparagement, indicating the subject or situation has no redeeming qualities. With at, indicates a particular area of deficiency.You're great at baseball, but you suck at golf.
  4. To perform fellatio; with "off" means to perform fellatio culminating in ejaculation.


  • (3, 4 above) To blow


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to use the mouth to pull in liquid substances for ingestion or to perform a similar act on solid material without ingestion
colloquial: term of general disparagement
colloquial: with at, indicates a particular area of deficiency




  • 1970: "...(The Rum Diary) has a few very high points...but as a novel, it sucks." - Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in America (Simon and Schuster, hardcover, pg. 251)



  1. sigh; a deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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