verb (used with object), doused, dous·ing.
- to lower or take in (a sail, mast, or the like) suddenly.
- to slacken (a line) suddenly.
- to stow quickly.
verb (used without object), doused, dous·ing.
Origin of douse
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|Ari Meisel|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|August 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One security guard reported that the fire extinguisher failed to work when he tried to douse the flames.
The halon-based fire-suppression systems used by commercial jets in these zones are not able to douse such fires.
Jack was about to douse the light, but Hemming told him to let it burn on.The Three Midshipmen|W.H.G. Kingston
"We won't trouble to douse the fire," Doctor Joe suggested presently.Troop One of the Labrador|Dillon Wallace
“And tell Johnson to douse him with a few buckets of salt water,” he added, in a lower tone for my ear alone.The Sea-Wolf|Jack London
Douse your tongue, ye swab, and keep your eyes p'inted for'ard!Rick Dale, A Story of the Northwest Coast|Kirk Munroe
All you do is douse the lights and feel sure nothin's going to happen until breakfast.The House of Torchy|Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for douse (1 of 2)
Word Origin for douse
British Dictionary definitions for douse (2 of 2)
Word Origin for douse
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.