- to plunge into water or the like; drench: She doused the clothes in soapy water.
- to splash or throw water or other liquid on: The children doused each other with the hose.
- to extinguish: She quickly doused the candle's flame with her fingertips.
- Informal. to remove; doff.
- to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
- to slacken (a line) suddenly.
- to stow quickly.
- to plunge or be plunged into a liquid.
- British Dialect. a stroke or blow.
Origin of douse
Related Wordsdeluge, soak, quench, drown, saturate, smother, splash, submerge, wet, dunk, snuff, souse, plunge, slop, immerse, splatter, sop, spatter, duck, slosh
Examples from the Web for douse
Douse the whole thing with some olive oil and add Himalayan pink sea salt to taste.Four Fatty (But Healthy!) Power Meals to Fuel Your Day
March 3, 2014
It was fear of cancer and a douse of hypochondria that brought me to 23andMe in the first place.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free
Charles C. Johnson
February 4, 2014
Fourteen years later, two rookie cops heard gunfire and saw a now 14-year-old Douse coming toward them, that very gun in hand.How Bronx Teen Shaaliver Douse, Killed by Cops, Ended Up With a Gun
August 10, 2013
One security guard reported that the fire extinguisher failed to work when he tried to douse the flames.Arrests Made in Brazilian Nightclub Inferno
January 28, 2013
The halon-based fire-suppression systems used by commercial jets in these zones are not able to douse such fires.What Pilots Fear
September 3, 2009
Jack was about to douse the light, but Hemming told him to let it burn on.The Three Midshipmen
I mind a sentence in it that must have been a douse of cauld watter—toch!The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
If I could only lay in a crick—roll in it—douse my face in it—soak my clothes in it!'Me-Smith'
Douse your glim, mate; we'll be having them Zeppelins all over us.
Douse my to'-gallant top-lights but we'll have a skirmish now sure.Frank on the Lower Mississippi
- to plunge or be plunged into water or some other liquid; duck
- (tr) to drench with water, esp in order to wash or clean
- (tr) to put out (a light, candle, etc)
- an immersion
- nautical to lower (sail) quickly
- archaic to strike or beat
- archaic a blow
Word Origin and History for douse
1550s, "to strike, punch," which is perhaps from Middle Dutch dossen "beat forcefully" or a similar Low German word.
Meaning "to strike a sail in haste" is recorded from 1620s; that of "to extinguish (a light)" is from 1785; perhaps influenced by dout (1520s), an obsolete contraction of do out (cf. doff, don). OED regards the meaning "to plunge into water, to throw water over" (c.1600) as a separate word, of unknown origin, though admitting there may be a connection of some sort. Related: Doused; dousing.