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suck

[suhk] /sʌk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to draw into the mouth by producing a partial vacuum by action of the lips and tongue:
to suck lemonade through a straw.
2.
to draw (water, moisture, air, etc.) by or as if by suction:
Plants suck moisture from the earth. The pump sucked water from the basement.
3.
to apply the lips or mouth to and draw upon by producing a partial vacuum, especially for extracting fluid contents:
to suck an orange.
4.
to put into the mouth and draw upon:
to suck one's thumb.
5.
to take into the mouth and dissolve by the action of the tongue, saliva, etc.:
to suck a piece of candy.
6.
to render or bring to a specified condition by or as if by sucking.
verb (used without object)
7.
to draw something in by producing a partial vacuum in the mouth, especially to draw milk from the breast.
8.
to draw or be drawn by or as if by suction.
9.
(of a pump) to draw air instead of water, as when the water is low or a valve is defective.
10.
Slang. to behave in a fawning manner (usually followed by around).
11.
Slang. to be repellent or disgusting:
Poverty sucks.
noun
12.
an act or instance of sucking.
13.
a sucking force.
14.
the sound produced by sucking.
15.
that which is sucked; nourishment drawn from the breast.
16.
a small drink; sip.
17.
a whirlpool.
Verb phrases
18.
suck in, Slang. to deceive; cheat; defraud:
The confidence man sucked us all in.
19.
suck off, Slang: Vulgar. to fellate.
20.
suck up, Slang. to be obsequious; toady:
The workers are all sucking up to him because he's the one who decides who'll get the bonuses.
Idioms
21.
suck face, to engage in soul-kissing.
Origin
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English souken, Old English sūcan, cognate with Latin sūgere; (noun) Middle English souke act of suckling, derivative of the noun; akin to soak
Related forms
suckless, adjective
outsuck, verb (used with object)
unsucked, adjective
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Examples from the web for suck up
  • The anteater can suck up water and be used as a watering can.
  • Pumps in its flanks suck up some of the melted water, which is reheated and pumped back out through the nose.
  • They've begun to formulate opinions about which toys will be hits, and which ones will merely suck up shelf space.
  • Vacuum the luggage again to suck up the dead bedbugs, then discard the vacuum bag immediately.
  • Students will usually jump on an easy opportunity to suck up, even anonymously, while you still have power over their grades.
  • Scientists believe that waterspouts and tornadoes can suck up the surfaces and lakes, marshes, and other bodies of water.
  • They then bury their bills, or even their entire heads, and suck up both mud and water to access the tasty morsels within.
  • The earthworms excrete a slightly different version of the metals, making them easier for plants to suck up.
  • There is a good bit of nutritious moisture in dung, and adult beetles suck up that juice.
  • Transpiration-the process by which plants suck up groundwater and evaporate it into the atmosphere-is another and opposite matter.
British Dictionary definitions for suck up

suck

/sʌk/
verb
1.
to draw (a liquid or other substance) into the mouth by creating a partial vacuum in the mouth
2.
to draw in (fluid, etc) by or as if by a similar action: plants suck moisture from the soil
3.
to drink milk from (a mother's breast); suckle
4.
(transitive) to extract fluid content from (a solid food): to suck a lemon
5.
(transitive) to take into the mouth and moisten, dissolve, or roll around with the tongue: to suck one's thumb
6.
(transitive; often foll by down, in, etc) to draw by using irresistible force: the whirlpool sucked him down
7.
(intransitive) (of a pump) to draw in air because of a low supply level or leaking valves, pipes, etc
8.
(transitive) to assimilate or acquire (knowledge, comfort, etc)
9.
(intransitive) (slang) to be contemptible or disgusting
10.
(informal) sucking diesel, doing very well; successful
11.
(informal) suck it and see, to try something to find out what it is, what it is like, or how it works
noun
12.
the act or an instance of sucking
13.
something that is sucked, esp milk from the mother's breast
14.
give suck to, to give (a baby or young animal) milk from the breast or udder
15.
an attracting or sucking force: the suck of the whirlpool was very strong
16.
a sound caused by sucking
Derived Forms
suckless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sūcan; related to Old Norse súga, Middle Dutch sūgen, Latin sūgere to suck, exhaust; see soak
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Word Origin and History for suck up

suck

v.

Old English sucan, from PIE root *sug-/*suk- of imitative origin (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German sugan, Old Norse suga, Middle Dutch sughen, Dutch zuigen, German saugen "to suck;" Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Old Irish sugim, Welsh sugno "to suck"). Meaning "do fellatio" is first recorded 1928. Slang sense of "be contemptible" first attested 1971 (the underlying notion is of fellatio). Related: Sucked; sucking. Suck eggs is from 1906. Suck hind tit "be inferior" is American English slang first recorded 1940.

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Slang definitions & phrases for suck up

suck-off

adjective

Despicable; nasty; scuzzy: We dida suck-off thing

noun

A despicable person, esp a flatterer; brown-nose (1950s+)


sub

-prefix

for forming adjectives Inferior to or imitative of what is indicated: sub–Woody Allen (1963+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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