Main definitions of sook in English

: sook1sook2

sook1

noun

US
  • A female crab.

    • ‘A mature (adult) female blue crab, known as a "Sook" to watermen, is identified as having an inverted "U" or bell-shaped apron and red-tipped claws.’

Origin

1950s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

sook

/suk/

Main definitions of sook in English

: sook1sook2

sook2

noun

Canadian, Australian, NZ
informal
  • 1A person lacking spirit or self-confidence; a coward.

    • ‘I can be a moper and a downright sook if left to my own devices at times.’
    • ‘He was impatient with bores, sooks and nags; he was full of ideas and energies, and hopeless at small details.’
    • ‘Says everyone's favourite sook - ‘When I break up with my girlfriend, everybody has to know about it.’’
    • ‘He was in fine sook form last year, blaming Brisbane for being better.’
    • ‘Apparently tall thin men who have lost an arm in a machinery accident are not sooks.’
  • 2A hand-reared calf.

    • ‘He tried to soothe the heifer's anxiety with a calm voice. "Sook now. Sook."’

Origin

Mid 19th century: dialect variant of the noun suck.

Pronunciation:

sook

/suk/