suck (v.)

Old English sucan "to suck," from a Proto-Germanic word of imitative origin (cognates: Old Saxon, Old High German sugan, Old Norse suga, Danish suge, Swedish suga, Middle Dutch sughen, Dutch zuigen, German saugen "to suck"), possibly from the same source as Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Old Irish sugim, Welsh sugno "to suck;" see sup (v.2). As a noun from c. 1300.

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.

The old, old saying that the runt pig always sucks the hind teat is not so far wrong, as it quite approximates the condition that exists. [The Chester White Journal, April 1921]

updated on July 27, 2022

Definitions of suck from WordNet
suck (v.)
draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth;
the baby sucked on the mother's breast
suck the poison from the place where the snake bit
suck on a straw
suck (v.)
draw something in by or as if by a vacuum;
Mud was sucking at her feet
suck (v.)
attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.;
The current boom in the economy sucked many workers in from abroad
Synonyms: suck in
suck (v.)
be inadequate or objectionable;
this sucks!
Synonyms: blow
suck (v.)
provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation;
Synonyms: fellate / blow / go down on
suck (v.)
take in, also metaphorically;
Synonyms: absorb / imbibe / soak up / sop up / suck up / draw / take in / take up
suck (v.)
give suck to;
Synonyms: breastfeed / suckle / nurse / wet-nurse / lactate / give suck
suck (n.)
the act of sucking;
Synonyms: sucking / suction
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