A female crab.
1950s of unknown origin.
1Australian, New Zealand, Scottish A person lacking spirit or self-confidence.
coward, weakling, namby-pamby, mouse
- ‘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.’
- ‘I can be a moper and a downright sook if left to my own devices at times.’
- ‘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.’
2Australian, New Zealand A 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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