Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sucker n.3

[? euph. for fucker n. or abbr. cocksucker n.]

1. a general pej. description of a person; a strong term of abuse; note the weaker sucker n.1 (3d)

Border Watch (Mt Gambier, SA) 31 Oct. 3/2: THE LATEST SLANG CREATION IN NEW YORK [...] His enemies are ‘hits and suckers’.
[US]C. Himes ‘Prison Mass’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 158: Some of those suckers would call indigestion the googooblitis and swear that your days were numbered.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 31: Don’t be a sucker.
[US]Kerouac On The Road (1972) 24: Bound for the Pacific [...] every damn sucker.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 27: The sucker trusts me . . . not enough to give me anything, but enough to show up.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 214: He was the motherfucker that whacked that sucker.
[UK]Observer Escape 24 Oct. 6: I’ve lost around $400 on this sucker!

2. an object, irrespective of quality.

[US]R. Ellison ‘A Coupla Scalped Indians’ in King Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 264: We coulda barbecued a damn elephant while we was waiting for a tough sucker like that to get done.
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 137: I filed the trigger on this sucker so it’ll spring off if I breathe too deep.
[Aus]J. Birmingham Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (1998) 196: I had to leap and run to the window to vomit. [...] ‘Bummer,’ said Flinthart. ‘Really shoulda opened that sucker before you hosed her down, JB.’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 23: Bookmark that sucker! [Ibid.] 230: Twist the cap off that sucker [i.e. a pill-bottle].
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] I mixed a large beer and tomato juice and drank that sucker down.