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  1. Also called Great Ouse. a river in E England, flowing NE to the Wash. 160 miles (260 km) long.
  2. a river in NE England, in Yorkshire, flowing SE to the Humber. 57 miles (92 km) long.
  3. a river in SE England, flowing S to the English Channel. 30 miles (48 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for ouse

Historical Examples

  • I'm glad you chose them, because we ain't got nothink else in the 'ouse.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • You'll 'ear them in the 'ouse to-morrer talkin' as if it was spreadin' all over America.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • From hence we came over the Ouse, and in a few miles to Newmarket.

  • He was baptised in the Ouse, and became a professed member of the Baptist congregation.


    James Anthony Froude

  • I never been in a 'ouse before where it's 'appened, an' besides she's been good to me!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for ouse


  1. Also called: Great Ouse a river in E England, rising in Northamptonshire and flowing northeast to the Wash near King's Lynn; for the last 56 km (35 miles) follows mainly artificial channels. Length: 257 km (160 miles)
  2. a river in NE England, in Yorkshire, formed by the confluence of the Swale and Ure Rivers: flows southeast to the Humber. Length: 92 km (57 miles)
  3. a river in S England, rising in Sussex and flowing south to the English Channel. Length: 48 km (30 miles)
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