One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
1950s: of unknown origin.
nounCanadian, NZ, Australian
1A person lacking spirit or self-confidence; a coward.
- ‘He was impatient with bores, sooks and nags; he was full of ideas and energies, and hopeless at small details.’
- ‘Apparently tall thin men who have lost an arm in a machinery accident are not sooks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I can be a moper and a downright sook if left to my own devices at times.’
2A hand-reared calf.
- ‘He tried to soothe the heifer's anxiety with a calm voice. "Sook now. Sook."’
Mid 19th century: dialect variant of the noun suck.
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