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douse

verb \ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Definition of douse

doused

also

dowsed

;

dousing

also

dowsing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to plunge into water <Blanch the green beans then douse them in a bath of ice water.>

  3. 2a :  to throw a liquid on :  drench <The books were doused in gasoline and set ablaze.> <doused herself in perfume>b :  slosh

  4. 3 [originally in argot use (douse the glim meaning “extinguish the light”) and perhaps of distinct origin] :  extinguish <douse the lights> <douse the blaze>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to fall or become plunged into water

douser

or less commonly

dowser

noun

Variants of douse

or less commonly

\ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Origin and Etymology of douse

of obscure origin 16th-century douse “to strike, inflict a blow on” may be related but is remote in sense


First Known Use: 1600


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douse

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noun \ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Definition of douse

  1. :  a heavy drenching <a douse of cold water>

Origin and Etymology of douse

noun derivative of 1douse


First Known Use: 1881


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douse

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noun \ˈdüs, ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse

British

  1. :  blow, stroke

Origin and Etymology of douse

noun derivative of earlier douse “to strike, inflict a blow on,” akin by borrowing or descent to Middle Dutch dossen “to strike, shove,” Early Modern Dutch doesen, German dialect dusen, tusen, tausen


First Known Use: circa 1625


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douse

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verb \ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse

doused

;

dousing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 nautical a :  to take in :  lower, strike <douse a sail>b :  slacken <douse a rope>

  3. 2 :  take off, doff <doused his hat>

Origin and Etymology of douse

perhaps sense extensions of earlier douse “to strike, inflict a blow on” — more at 3douse


First Known Use: 1627


DOUSE Defined for Kids

douse

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verb \ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse for Students

doused

dousing

  1. 1 :  to stick into water <He doused his head in the stream.>

  2. 2 :  to throw a liquid on <The chef doused the shrimp in sauce.>

  3. 3 :  to put out :  extinguish <douse a light>



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