[souuh r-bawl, sou-er-]


a round piece of hard candy with a tart or acid fruit flavoring.
Informal. a chronic grouch.

Origin of sourball

First recorded in 1895–1900; sour + ball1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for sourball

1900 as "constantly grumbling person;" 1914 as a type of candy; from sour (adj.) + ball (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper