sucker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sucker mostly North American freshwater fishes with a thick-lipped mouth for feeding by suction; related to carps
    • n sucker an organ specialized for sucking nourishment or for adhering to objects by suction
    • n sucker hard candy on a stick
    • n sucker flesh of any of numerous North American food fishes with toothless jaws
    • n sucker a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    • n sucker a drinker who sucks (as at a nipple or through a straw)
    • n sucker a shoot arising from a plant's roots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sucker (Zoöl) A California food fish (Menticirrus undulatus) closely allied to the kingfish ; -- called also bagre.
    • Sucker A greenhorn; someone easily cheated, gulled, or deceived.
    • Sucker A hard drinker; a soaker.
    • Sucker A nickname applied to a native of Illinois.
    • Sucker A parasite; a sponger. See def. 6, above. "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."
    • Sucker A person strongly attracted to something; -- usually used with for; as, he's a sucker for tall blondes.
    • Sucker A pipe through which anything is drawn.
    • Sucker (Bot) 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.
    • Sucker 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.
    • Sucker A suckling; a sucking animal.
    • Sucker (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of North American fresh-water cyprinoid fishes of the family Catostomidæ; 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.
    • Sucker Any thing or person; -- usually implying annoyance or dislike; as, I went to change the blade and cut my finger on the sucker .
    • Sucker One who, or that which, sucks; esp., one of the organs by which certain animals, as the octopus and remora, adhere to other bodies.
    • Sucker The embolus, or bucket, of a pump; also, the valve of a pump basket.
    • Sucker (Zoöl) The hagfish, or myxine.
    • Sucker (Zoöl) The lumpfish.
    • Sucker (Zoöl) The remora.
    • Sucker To cheat or deceive (a gullible person); to make a sucker of (someone).
    • v. i Sucker To form suckers; as, corn suckers abundantly.
    • Sucker To strip off the suckers or shoots from; to deprive of suckers; as, to sucker maize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sucker One who or that which sucks; a suckling.
    • n sucker Specifically— A sucking pig: a commercial term.
    • n sucker Anew-born or very young whale.
    • n sucker In ornithology, a bird which sucks or is supposed to do so: only in composition. See goatsucker, honey-sucker.
    • n sucker In ichthyology, one of numerous fishes which suck in some way or are supposed to do so, having a conformation of the protrusive lips which suggests a sucker, or a sucker-like organ on any part of the body by means of which the fish adheres to foreign objects. Any North American cyprinoid of the family Catostomidæ, as a carp-sucker, chub-sucker, hog-sucker, etc. There are about 60 species, of some 12 or 14 genera, almost confined to the fresh waters of North America, though one or two are Asiatic; they are little esteemed for food, the flesh being insipid and full of small bones. Leading generic forms besides Catostomus are Ictiobus and Bubalichthys, the buffalo-fishes; Carpiodes, the carp-suckers, as C. cyprinus, the quillback or skimback; Cycleptus, as C. elongatus, the black-horse, or gourd-seed sucker; Pantosteus, the hard-headed suckers; Erimyzon, the chub-suckers, as E. sucetta, the sweet sucker; Minytrema, the spotted suckers; Mozostoma, some of whose many species are called mullet, chubmullet, jump-rocks, red-horse, etc.; and Quassilabia, or harelipped suckers. (See the distinctive names, with various cuts.) The typical genus Catostomus is an extensive one, including some of the commonest species, as C. commersoni, the white or brook sucker, 18 inches long, widely distributed from Labrador to Montana and southward to Florida; its section Hypentelium contains H. nigricans, the hog-sucker, hog-molly, or stone-lugger, etc.
    • n sucker Any fish of the genus Lepadogaster. The Cornish sucker is L. gouani; the Connemara sucker, L. candollei; the bimaculated or network sucker, L. bimaculatus. See cut under Lepadogaster.
    • n sucker A snail-fish or sea-snail; one of several different members of the family Liparididæ, as the unctuous sucker, Liparis vulgaris. See cuts under snail-fish.
    • n sucker The lump-sucker or lump-fish. See cut under Cyclopterus.
    • n sucker The sucking-fish or remora. See cut under Echeneis.
    • n sucker A cyclostomous fish, as the glutinous hag, Myxine glutinosa. See cut under hag, 3.
    • n sucker A Californian food-fish, the sciænoid Menticirrus undulatus.
    • n sucker A suctorial part or organ; a formation of parts by means of which an animal sucks, imbibes, or adheres by atmospheric pressure, as if sucking; a sucking-tube or sucking-disk. The fin of a fish formed into a suctorial disk, as that of the remora. See cuts under Echeneis and Rhombochirus.
    • n sucker The piston of a suction-pump.
    • n sucker A pipe or tube through which anything is drawn.
    • n sucker In botany: A shoot rising from a subterranean creeping stem. Plants which emit suckers freely, as the raspberry and rose, are readily propagated by division.
    • n sucker A sprout from the root near or at a distance from the trunk, as in the pear and white poplar, or an adventitious shoot from the body or a branch of a tree.
    • n sucker Same as haustorium. Compare propagulum .
    • n sucker A small piece of leather to the center of which a string is attached, used by children as a toy. When rendered flexible by wetting and pressed firmly down on a smooth object, as a stone, the adhesion of the two surfaces, due to atmospheric pressure, is so firm that a stone of considerable weight may be lifted by the string.
    • n sucker A parasite; a sponger; in recent use, also, a stupid person; a dolt.
    • n sucker A cant name for an inhabitant of Illinois.
    • n sucker Same as sucket, 1.
    • sucker To strip off suckers or shoots from; deprive of suckers; specifically, to remove superfluous shoots from the root and at the axils of the leaves of (tobacco).
    • sucker To provide with suckers: as, the suckered arms of a cuttlefish.
    • sucker To send out suckers or shoots.
    • n sucker A lump of hard candy on the end of a stick.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sucker one who, or that which, sucks, a sucking-pig: one of various kinds of fish: the organ by which an animal adheres to other bodies: the piston of a suction-pump: a shoot rising from a subterranean stem: a leather disc to the middle of which a string is attached, used by children as a toy: a parasite, toady, sponge: a hard drinker:
    • n Sucker (U.S.) a native of Illinois
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Quotations

  • Nicholson Baker
    Nicholson Baker
    “Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow testicular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.”
  • P.T. Barnum
    P.T. Barnum
    “There's a sucker born every minute.”
  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Cuba Gooding Jr.
    “I've always been a sucker for attention.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. súcan, súgan; Ger. saugen.

Usage

In literature:

Only suckers believe that.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Nothing doing in the way of buying booms around Sucker Brook.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Feel to the skin of un, cap'n, and look to the suckers o' mun.
"The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer" by Harry Collingwood
That's my horse, an' no sucker like you ain't goin' to ride him, nuther.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Edgar County for the Tall Sucker.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
Stick your spurs in her, you sucker!
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
Well, so do I, if you come to that; but I don't think it's because I give them buns and suckers that they all like me as they do.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
In young whales, called "suckers," it is only a few inches long.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
All varieties rapidly deteriorate, if grown from seeds produced by side-shoots, or suckers.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Remove all suckers from the roots of trees or shrubs.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Calls 'em blood-suckers and things like that.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
That row is to be suckered before dinner-time or your pork and beans will go begging.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
And I'm sorry I played you for a sucker; honest I am.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
The proverb dearest to American hearts says that a sucker is born every minute.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
The blood-sucker is thus successfully exorcised.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
I went after the suckers.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Notice what a peculiar sucker they have for drawing up liquids.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
That lime-juice sucker ahead won't.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
His mouth got round like that of a sucker fish.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
After a branch has become completely girdled sprouts or suckers are very apt to be found below the point of girdling.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
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In poetry:

Now, come, all ye "army sharks,"
"Bblood suckers," and other "army fish,"
Don't you think it served us right
To put us in the "milish"?
"Just After The War" by Anonymous Americas
One sucker crept beneath the gate,
One seed was wafted o’er the wall,
One bough sustained his trembling weight;
These left the garden,—­these were all.
"The New Eden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Here fresh funeral tears were shed;
Now the graves are also dead;
And suckers from the ash-tree spread,
While Day and Night and Day go by;
And stars move calmly overhead.
"The Ruined Chapel" by William Allingham
Surface calm and calm act mask the detonating fear,
the moving crayfish claw, the stare
of sunfish hovering above the cloud-stained sand,
a sucker nudging cans, the grinning maskinonge.
"Underwater Autumn" by Richard F Hugo
Old Father Abe has issued his "Call"
For Three Hundred Thousand more!
By Jupiter, boys, he is after you all--
Lamed and maimed--tall and small--
With his drag-net spread for a general haul
Of the "suckers" uncaught before.
"The Draft" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Cop's sucker punch gives force another black eye .
FIFA reviewing 'sucker-punch' that left US Olympic soccer forward Abby Wambach with black eye .
Can Scott Boras Find A Sucker.
And these total suckers brave souls actually tried it.
A couple enjoy a walk on Sucker Lake Trail in Vadnais Heights, Thursday, November 8, 2012.
Non-Union workers: Educate sucker workers who vote for the Republicans.
A parking enforcement officer who attacked a man in police custody for allegedly sucker-punching.
However, I've struggled with making sure there aren't any chicken bones once you cook that sucker down.
I am a huge sucker for a delicious hot drink.
But you probably know her best as Sweet Pea from 'Sucker Punch.
But if you think, as I do, that we need deep change in this country, then cynicism is a sucker's bet.
Thanks to the Capital Fringe Festival, many Washingtonians are well versed in that basic dogma of fringe theater: Rules are for suckers.
While foul ball s hit into the stands provide fans with the chance to make some pretty epic catches, those suckers are traveling at high enough speeds to cause an injury.
A gag is comedy's sucker punch.
I have to admit that I usually delete those suckers right out of my inbox unless they're to one of my favorite places--how many laser hair removal discounts does a girl need, anyway.
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In science:

This means that the reward R for mutual cooperation (C, C) has been set to 1, and the ”suckers payoff” S for cooperation against defection (C, D) is 0.
Evolutionary Exploration of the Finitely Repeated Prisoners' Dilemma--The Effect of Out-of-Equilibrium Play
If one cooperates and the other one defects, the defector obtains the “temptation” T , and the exploited cooperator the “sucker’s payoff ” S .
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The extraction of a brick, in the region indicated by the electronic detectors, is done by a vacuum sucker.
The Opera Experiment
In the prisoner’s dilemmas (PD), behavior 1 corresponds to cooperation and behavior 2 to defection. R is then called the “reward” for mutual cooperation, P the “punishment” for mutual defection, T the “temptation” for unilateral defection, and S the “sucker’s payoff ” for unilateral cooperation.
Cooperation, Norms, and Revolutions: A Unified Game-Theoretical Approach
In the prisoner’s dilemma, the meaning of these parameters is “Temptation” to behave non-cooperatively, “Reward” for mutual cooperation, “Punishment” for mutual non-cooperative behavior and “Sucker’s payoff ” for a cooperative individual meeting an uncooperative one (see Fig. 1).
Cooperation, Norms, and Revolutions: A Unified Game-Theoretical Approach
This specification assumes that someone who receives the low “sucker’s payoff ” S in the event of unilateral cooperation (from his/her point of view), will punish the respective interaction partner immediately, which modifies the payoffs.
Cooperation, Norms, and Revolutions: A Unified Game-Theoretical Approach
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