- to plunge into water or other liquid; immerse.
- to drench, as with water.
- to dash or pour, as water.
- to steep in pickling brine; pickle.
- to plunge into water or other liquid.
- to be soaked or drenched.
- to be steeping or soaking in something.
- an act of sousing.
- something kept or steeped in pickle, especially the head, ears, and feet of a pig.
- a liquid used as a pickle.
- Slang. a drunkard.
Origin of souse1
1350–1400; 1915–20 for def 11; (noun) Middle English sows < Middle French souce pickled < Germanic (akin to salt1); (v.) Middle English sousen, derivative of the noun
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2. soak, wet.
- to swoop down.
- to swoop or pounce upon.
- a rising while in flight.
- a swooping or pouncing.
Origin of souse2
1480–90; by-form of source in its earlier literal sense “rising”
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Examples from the Web for souse
"Let us put out his lantern and souse him in the river," said Dick, with a laugh.The Liberty Boys Running the Blockade
Souse a Bishop in his bath before you let him warm his chair; cry 'Fire!'Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Willis catches the sheep and pitches them in; and his father and Ben souse them.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
Let me catch you at it again, and I'll souse you in the river next time.Little Men
Louisa May Alcott
He smelt warmth, rest, and there was the promise in his mind of a good "souse."The Heart of Unaga
- to plunge (something, oneself, etc) into water or other liquid
- to drench or be drenched
- (tr) to pour or dash (liquid) over (a person or thing)
- to steep or cook (food) in a marinade
- (tr; usually passive) slang to make drunk
- the liquid or brine used in pickling
- the act or process of sousing
- slang a habitual drunkard
C14: from Old French sous, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sulza brine
- (often foll by on or upon) to swoop suddenly downwards (on a prey)
- a sudden downward swoop
C16: perhaps a variant of obsolete vb sense of source
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Word Origin and History for souse
something steeped in pickle, especially "pig parts preserved and pickled," mid-15c., earlier "liquid for pickling" (late 14c.), from souse (v.) or from its French source.
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