souse

1
[ sous ]
/ saʊs /

verb (used with object), soused, sous·ing.

verb (used without object), soused, sous·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. sous-sous,
  2. sous-vide,
  3. sousa,
  4. sousa, john philip,
  5. sousaphone,
  6. soused,
  7. souslik,
  8. sousse,
  9. soustelle,
  10. soutache

Origin of souse

1
1350–1400; 1915–20 for def 11; (noun) Middle English sows < Middle French souce pickled < Germanic (akin to salt1); (v.) Middle English sousen, derivative of the noun

souse

2
[ 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

2
1480–90; by-form of source in its earlier literal sense “rising”

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British Dictionary definitions for souse

souse

1
/ (saʊs) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for souse

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

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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