douse

or dowse

[ dous ]
/ daʊs /

verb (used with object), doused, dous·ing.

verb (used without object), doused, dous·ing.

to plunge or be plunged into a liquid.

noun

British Dialect. a stroke or blow.

Origin of douse

First recorded in 1590–1600; origin uncertain

Can be confused

douse dowse
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British Dictionary definitions for douse (1 of 2)

douse

1

dowse

/ (daʊs) /

verb

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)

noun

an immersion

Derived Forms

douser or dowser, noun

Word Origin for douse

C16: perhaps related to obsolete douse to strike, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for douse (2 of 2)

douse

2
/ (daʊs) /

verb (tr)

nautical to lower (sail) quickly
archaic to strike or beat

noun

archaic a blow

Word Origin for douse

C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to douse 1
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