One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A native-born Australian, as distinct from an immigrant.‘there is a forwardness among our youthful gumsuckers’
- ‘The gumsuckers were a happy lot of campers when the first state secondary school flung open its doors to knock some learnin' into some skulls.’
- ‘'Good on the Maori,' murmered the Gumsucker.’
- ‘He was of middle height, slight enough for a gumsucker, but well made.’
- ‘Gumsuckers tried to turn Eucalyptus into a patriotic emblem.’
- ‘He believed only gumsuckers like himself could see the beauty of Australia's 'own great tree' and look on it with pride.’
Mid 19th century: apparently from the early settlers' habit of chewing the gum of native trees.
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