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souse

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verb \ˈsau̇s\

Definition of souse

sousedsous·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  pickle

  3. 2a :  to plunge in liquid :  immerseb :  drench, saturate

  4. 3 :  to make drunk

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become immersed or drenched



Origin of souse

Middle English, from Anglo-French suz, souce pickling juice, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sulza brine, Old English sealt salt


First Known Use: 14th century


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souse

noun

Definition of souse

  1. 1 :  something pickled; especially :  seasoned and chopped pork trimmings, fish, or shellfish

  2. 2 :  an act of sousing :  wetting

  3. 3a :  a habitual drunkardb :  a drinking spree :  binge



Examples of souse

  1. <an old souse who lumbered home with a full bottle of gin in him every night>



14th Century

First Known Use of souse

14th century

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souse

verb

Definition of souse

sousedsous·ing

archaic

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to swoop down :  plunge

  3. transitive verb
  4. archaic :  to swoop down on



Origin of souse

Middle English souce, noun, start of a bird's flight, alteration of sours, probably from Anglo-French surse source — more at source


First Known Use: 1567


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