souse


1souse

verb \ˈsas\
sousedsous·ing

Definition of SOUSE

transitive verb
1
:  pickle
2
a :  to plunge in liquid :  immerse
b :  drench, saturate
3
:  to make drunk
intransitive verb
:  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

2souse

noun

Definition of SOUSE

1
:  something pickled; especially :  seasoned and chopped pork trimmings, fish, or shellfish
2
:  an act of sousing :  wetting
3
a :  a habitual drunkard
b :  a drinking spree :  binge

Examples of SOUSE

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

First Known Use of SOUSE

14th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

3souse

verb
sousedsous·ing

Definition of SOUSE

intransitive verb
archaic
:  to swoop down :  plunge
transitive verb
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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