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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; (noun) Middle English sows, from Middle French souce “pickled,” from Germanic (akin to salt1); (verb) Middle English sousen, derivative of the noun

Definition 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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1480–90; 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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