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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 of sook
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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Examples from the Web for sook
Contemporary Examples
  • The photographic fantasies of In sook Kim peek inside the private worlds of people who live in glass houses.

Historical Examples
  • These are sold in the sook at about six-pence a dozen, cotton included.

  • Ye're like the lambs—ye do naething but sook and wag your tail.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • His name was Patches, but he answered to Piffle and he was a sook and a cuddler.

    Dreaming of Dreaming Peter E. Williams
  • Here on one side lay the sook of the jewellers, and on the opposite were arrayed the tiny stalls of the dealers in copper wares.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Our stay at sook, though unintentional, seemed to be in right ordering, for service opened up there.

    Eli and Sibyl Jones Rufus Matthew Jones
  • What pleasure should she be able to sook out o' his keeping ding-ding-danging on about that woman?

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
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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