Green’s Dictionary of Slang

suck v.1

1. [mid-17C+] to perform fellatio (on).

2. (also suck-a-butt) to perform cunnilingus (on).

3. [19C] to pump someone for information.

4. [1950s] (W.I.) to nag.

5. [1940s+] in dismissive or challenging excls.; usu. suck (on) this!

6. [1960s+] of people, objects, situations, to be worthless, contemptible, pointless, objectionable; intensified as suck a big dog’s dick, sucks balls.

7. [1970s+] (US campus) to be on one’s last legs, to be struggling [i.e. to suck for air].

8. see suck up v.

In derivatives

suckalicious (adj.)

[2000s] (US) notably mediocre.

In compounds

suck-prick (n.)

[late 17C] a homosexual fellator; also as adj.

In phrases

suck a big dog’s dick (v.)

see sense 6 above.

suck-a-butt (v.)

see sense 2 above.

suck a dog’s dick (v.)

[1960s+] (orig. US black) to perform the lowest act of which one is capable.

suck someone’s dick (v.)

see under dick n.1

In exclamations

suck a fatty! [lit. go and suck a fat penis!]

[1990s+] (US) a general excl. of dismissal, aggression.

suck my dick! (also suck my cock!) [lit. ‘perform an act of fellatio!’; dick n.1 (5)/cock n.3 (1)]

[1970s+] (orig. US) a general excl. of contempt, dismissal; often ext.

suck (on) this!

[1940s+] a dismissive or challenging excl.

SE in slang uses

In derivatives

suckalicious (adj.)

[2000s] (US) deliciously sexy.

In compounds

suck and swallow (n.) [the role of the vagina as a predator]

[19C] the vagina.


see separate entries.

suck-back (n.) [one who should have been sucked back into the womb at birth]

[1990s+] (Aus.) an extremely obnoxious person.

suck-bottle (n.)

[mid-17C–mid-18C] a drinker.


see separate entries.

suck-hole (n.)

see separate entry.

suck-in (n.)

see separate entry.

suck-off (n.)

see separate entry.

suck-pint (n.)

[early 17C] a drinker.

suck-pot (n.)

[18C; 19C] a drinker.

suck-silly (adj.)

[1940s] (US) deranged.

suck-spigot (n.)

[late 16C–early 17C] a drinker; also attrib.

suck-up (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

suck around (v.) [var. suck up v. (1)]

[1910s+] (US) to act in a toadying manner (towards).

suck air (v.) [var. on suck wind v.]

1. [1950s+] (US) to be fearful; to encounter problems.

2. [1980s] (US campus) to laugh.

suck a/the kumara (v.) [Maori kumara, a sweet potato]

[1980s] (N.Z.) of a machine, to break down, to crash.

suck diesel (v.)

[2000s] (Irish) to enjoy oneself.

suck eggs (v.)

see separate entry.

suck face (v.) (also suck heads) [note synon. 18C suck one’s jowl]

[1970s+] (orig. US campus) to kiss; thus suckfacing n., kissing.

suck hole (v.)

see separate entry.

suck in (v.)

see separate entry.

suck in on (v.)

[1950s] (US drugs) to smoke (marijuana).

suck it and see [note phr. meaning ‘let’s try it out to see how it works’ is colloq.]

[late 19C+] a phr. aimed derisively at someone who has asked what is considered a stupid or impudent question; it is trad. used as a response to the phr. ‘the answer’s a lemon’.

suck it easy (v.) [the image of lying peacefully sucking on a cool drink]

[1980s+] (US campus) to relax, to lie around.

suck it up (v.)

[1970s+] (US campus) to tolerate, to endure, to deal with.

suck off (v.)

see separate entry.

suck one’s face (v.) (also suck one’s guts, suck one’s muns) [muns n. (1)]

[17C–mid-18C] to drink.

suck shit (v.)

[1970s] (US) to suffer, to endure hardship.

suck someone’s ass/arse (v.)

see under ass n.

suck someone’s titty (v.)

see under titty n.

suck the bag (v.)

[early 19C] to spend money.

suck the monkey (v.) (also bleed the monkey) [note Hotten 1873: ‘Originally, as Captain Marryatt [sic] states, to suck the monkey, was to suck rum from the cocoa-nuts, which spirit had been inserted in place of the milk, for the private use of the sailors’]

1. [late 18C–late 19C] to suck liquor through a straw from the ship’s barrel, which has been bored with a gimlet.

2. [mid-19C] to replace the milk of a coconut with rum, and consume it through a straw.

3. [mid-19C] (also take a suck at the monkey) to drink from the bottle.

suck the mop (v.) [play on nurse v. (2); SE mop, a baby’s dummy]

1. [mid–late 19C] for one omnibus to lose its passengers to those of a rival firm, which has boxed it in.

2. [1960s+] in fig. use, to render impotent and beyond hope, to put at an utter disadvantage, usu. as left sucking the mop.

suck the sponge (v.)

[1910s] (Aus.) to drink (heavily).

suck tonsils (v.)

[1990s+] (US campus) to kiss passionately.

suck up (v.)

see separate entry.

suck wind (v.)

see separate entry.

In exclamations

suck a dick!

[2010s] (US) a dismissive excl.

suck eggs!

see separate entry.

suck gas!

[1950s] (US) a dismissive excl.

suck my ass!/arse!

see under ass n.

sucks to be you!

see separate entry.

sucks (to you)!

see separate entry.