sucker

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Etymology 1[edit]

From the verb suck.

Noun[edit]

sucker (plural suckers)

  1. A person or thing that sucks.
  2. An organ or body part that does the sucking.
  3. An animal such as the octopus and remora, which adhere to other bodies with such organs.
  4. A piece of candy which is sucked; a lollipop.
  5. (horticulture) An undesired stem growing out of the roots or lower trunk of a shrub or tree, especially from the rootstock of a grafted plant or tree.
  6. (UK, colloquial) A suction cup.
  7. A suckling animal.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
  8. The embolus, or bucket, of a pump; also, the valve of a pump basket.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Boyle to this entry?)
  9. A pipe through which anything is drawn.
  10. A small piece of leather, usually round, having a string attached to the center, which, when saturated with water and pressed upon a stone or other body having a smooth surface, adheres, by reason of the atmospheric pressure, with such force as to enable a considerable weight to be thus lifted by the string; formerly used by children as a plaything.
  11. A parasite; a sponger.
    • Fuller
      They who constantly converse with men far above their estates shall reap shame and loss thereby; if thou payest nothing, they will count thee a sucker, no branch.
  12. (slang, archaic) A hard drinker; a soaker.
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sucker (third-person singular simple present suckers, present participle suckering, simple past and past participle suckered)

  1. (transitive) To strip the suckers or shoots from; to deprive of suckers.
    to sucker maize

Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly from the Pig in a poke scam, where victims were tricked into believing they were buying a young (that is a suckling) pig. Also possibly from suckener.

Noun[edit]

sucker (plural suckers)

  1. One who is easily fooled, or gulled.
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sucker (third-person singular simple present suckers, present participle suckering, simple past and past participle suckered)

  1. To fool someone; to take advantage of someone.
    The salesman suckered him into signing an expensive maintenance contract.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Possibly from German Sache (thing).

Noun[edit]

sucker (plural suckers)

  1. (slang) A thing or object. Any thing or object being called attention to with emphasis, as in "this sucker".
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