succor early 13c., from Anglo-Fr. succors "help, aid," O.Fr. sucurres, from M.L. succursus "help, assistance," from pp. of L. succurrere "run to help," from sub "up to" + currere "to run" (see CURRENT (Cf. current)). Final -s mistaken as a plural inflexion and dropped late 13c.

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  • Succor — Suc cor, n. [OE. socours, sucurs, OF. sucurs, socors, secors, F. secours, L. succursus, fr. L. succurrere. See {Succor}, v. t.] 1. Aid; help; assistance; esp., assistance that relieves and delivers from difficulty, want, or distress. We beseech… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Succor — Suc cor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Succored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Succoring}.] [OE. socouren, OF. sucurre, soucourre, secorre, F. secourir, L. succurrere, succursum, to run under, run to the aid of, help, succor; sub under + currere to run. See {Current} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • succor — [suk′ər] vt. [ME socouren < OFr sucurre, socorre < L succurrere < sub ,SUB + currere, to run: see COURSE] to give assistance to in time of need or distress; help; aid; relieve n. [ME socur, assumed sing. of socours < OFr sucurs <… …   English World dictionary

  • succor — index abet, accommodation (backing), aid (help), aid, alleviate, assist, assistance …   Law dictionary

  • succor — suc|cor1 [ sʌkər ] noun uncount LITERARY help given to someone who is in serious need succor suc|cor 2 [ sʌkər ] verb transitive LITERARY to help someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • succor — noun (U) the American spelling of succour succor verb (T) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • succor — 1. noun providing succor in times of need Syn: aid, help, a helping hand, assistance; comfort, ease, relief, support, TLC 2. verb the prisoners were succored Syn: help, aid, bring aid to, give/render assistance to …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • succor — US var. of SUCCOUR. * * * succor see succour, sugar …   Useful english dictionary

  • succor — I. noun Etymology: Middle English socour, sucurs (taken as plural), from Anglo French sucur, sucors, from Medieval Latin succursus, from Latin succurrere to run to the rescue, bring aid, from sub + currere to run more at car Date: 13th century 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • succor — succorable, adj. succorer, n. /suk euhr/, n. 1. help; relief; aid; assistance. 2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc. v.t. 3. to help or relieve. Also, esp. Brit., succour. [1250 1300; (v.) ME sucuren < OF …   Universalium

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