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sook

[soo k] /sʊk/
noun
1.
Australia and New Zealand. a timid, cowardly person, especially a young person; crybaby.
interjection
2.
Midland U.S. (used to summon cows from the pasture).
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; probably from earlier sense “calf reared by hand,” perhaps suck(-calf), with spelling representing N England, Scots pronunciation of suck (but earliest cited pronunciation of sook is (so̅o̅k))
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British Dictionary definitions for sook

sook1

/sʊk/
noun
1.
(Southwest English, dialect) a baby
2.
(derogatory) a coward
3.
(NZ, informal) a calf
Word Origin
perhaps from Old English sūcan to suck, influenced by Welsh swci swead tame

sook2

/suːk/
verb
1.
to suck
noun
2.
the act or an instance of sucking
3.
a sycophant; toady
Word Origin
Old English sūcan
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Word Origin and History for sook
n.

variant of souk.

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