Nearby words

  1. souple,
  2. soupmeat,
  3. soupspoon,
  4. soupy,
  5. soupçon,
  6. sour cherry,
  7. sour cream,
  8. sour dock,
  9. sour gourd,
  10. sour grapes

Origin of sour

before 1000; (adj. and noun) Middle English sure, soure, Old English sūr (orig. adj.); cognate with German sauer, Dutch zuur, Old Norse sūrr; (v.) Middle English souren, derivative of the adj.

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Examples from the Web for soured

British Dictionary definitions for soured


/ (sʊə) /


a variant spelling of Sur


/ (ˈsaʊə) /




to make or become sour
Derived Formssourish, adjectivesourly, adverbsourness, noun

Word Origin for sour

Old English sūr; related to Old Norse sūrr, Lithuanian suras salty, Old Slavonic syrŭ wet, raw, surovu green, raw, Sanskrit surā brandy

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Word Origin and History for soured
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