Meaning of 'sucker' (Webster Dictionary)
- One who, or that which, sucks; esp., one of the organs by
which certain animals, as the octopus and remora, adhere to other
- A suckling; a sucking animal.
- The embolus, or bucket, of a pump; also, the valve of a
- A pipe through which anything is drawn.
- 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; -- used by
children as a plaything.
- A shoot from the roots or lower part of the stem of a
plant; -- so called, perhaps, from diverting nourishment from the body
of the plant.
- Any one of numerous species of North American fresh-water
cyprinoid fishes of the family Catostomidae; so called because the lips
are protrusile. The flesh is coarse, and they are of little value as
food. The most common species of the Eastern United States are the
northern sucker (Catostomus Commersoni), the white sucker (C. teres),
the hog sucker (C. nigricans), and the chub, or sweet sucker (Erimyzon
sucetta). Some of the large Western species are called buffalo fish,
red horse, black horse, and suckerel.
- The remora.
- The lumpfish.
- The hagfish, or myxine.
- A California food fish (Menticirrus undulatus) closely
allied to the kingfish (a); -- called also bagre.
- A parasite; a sponger. See def. 6, above.
- A hard drinker; a soaker.
- A greenhorn; one easily gulled.
- A nickname applied to a native of Illinois. - To form suckers; as, corn suckers abundantly. - To strip off the suckers or shoots from; to deprive of
suckers; as, to sucker maize.