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souse

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[ sous ]
/ saʊs /
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verb (used with object), soused, sous·ing.
verb (used without object), soused, sous·ing.
noun
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Origin of souse

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First recorded 1350–1400 and in 1915–20 for def. 11; Middle English noun souce, sows, from Old French souz, sous, souce “pickled (meat),” from Germanic (akin to salt1); the verb is derivative of the noun

Other definitions for souse (2 of 2)

souse2
[ sous ]
/ saʊs /
Archaic.

verb (used without object), soused, sous·ing.
to swoop down.
verb (used with object), soused, sous·ing.
to swoop or pounce upon.
noun Falconry.
a rising while in flight.
a swooping or pouncing.

Origin of souse

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First recorded in 1350–1400; by-form of source in its earlier literal sense “rising”
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British Dictionary definitions for souse (1 of 2)

souse1
/ (saʊs) /

verb
noun

Word Origin for souse

C14: from Old French sous, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sulza brine

British Dictionary definitions for souse (2 of 2)

souse2
/ (saʊs) falconry (of hawks or falcons) /

verb (intr)
(often foll by on or upon) to swoop suddenly downwards (on a prey)
noun
a sudden downward swoop

Word Origin for souse

C16: perhaps a variant of obsolete vb sense of source
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