People say this when a cat likes cuddling, eg. he's a big suck. I don't know the exact meaning. I couldn't find an appropriate meaning from dictionaries. Or maybe I'm looking up the wrong word (different spelling, same pronunciation).

It could be a local use, I'm in Ontario.

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    Could it possibly be suck-up? – StoneyB on hiatus Feb 22 '19 at 1:39
  • I added the canadian-english tag, as it seems to be specific to that region. – Jason Bassford Feb 22 '19 at 17:09

The phrase "...is a suck" is a non-standard idiom, as can be seen on this Google nGram. In over 200 years of English language books to search, "he/she is a suck" cannot be found, and there's barely any instances of "is a suck" at all.

That said, even non-standard idioms can typically be understood by context-- otherwise new idioms could not be created. In this case, the context is defining the meaning: you should think of a baby suckling on a teat.

There is a similar definition found on Wiktionary.

suck (plural sucks)

  1. (Canada) A weak, self-pitying person; a person who won't go along, especially out of spite; a crybaby or sore loser.

  2. A sycophant, especially a child.

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  • I'm quite familiar with the slang noun suck. Perhaps because I'm Canadian . . . – Jason Bassford Feb 22 '19 at 17:07

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