adjective, sour·er, sour·est.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sour
Synonyms for sour
Antonyms for sour
Examples from the Web for sourly
Historical Examples of sourly
Peppajee looked at him sourly, but the news was big, and it must be told.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
"You fighter pilots always forget the cameras," the major said sourly.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
"I'd lay into him naow ef he was mine," said Uncle Salters, sourly."Captains Courageous"
"Then I suppose we can go on shore and fight it out," said Jack, sourly.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
“Ordered by Mrs. Everett to hand it to you,” reported Brophy, sourly.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Word Origin for sour
Old English sur "sour, tart, acid, fermented," from Proto-Germanic *sura- "sour" (cf. Old Norse surr, Middle Dutch suur, Dutch zuur, Old High German sur, German Sauer), from PIE root *suro- "sour, salty, bitter" (cf. Old Church Slavonic syru, Russian syroi "moist, raw;" Lithuanian suras "salty," suris "cheese").
French sur "sour, tart" (12c.) is a Germanic loan-word. Meaning :having a peevish disposition" is from early 13c. Sense in whisky sour (1885) is "with lemon added" (1862). Sour cream is attested from 1855.
c.1300, from sour (adj.). Cf. Old High German suren, German säuern. Related: Soured; souring.