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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

  3. 2 a :  to throw a liquid on :  drench b :  slosh

  4. 3 :  extinguish <douse the lights>

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

douser

less commonly

dowser

noun

Variants of douse

less commonly

\ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Origin and Etymology of douse

perhaps from obsolete English douse to smite


First Known Use: 1600


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douse

play
noun \ˈdau̇s also ˈdau̇z\

Definition of douse

  1. :  a heavy drenching

1881

First Known Use of douse

1881


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douse

play
noun \ˈdüs, ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse

British

  1. :  blow, stroke

Origin and Etymology of douse

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1625


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douse

play
verb \ˈdau̇s\

Definition of douse

doused

dousing

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

  3. 2 :  take off, doff

1627

First Known Use of douse

1627


DOUSE Defined for Kids

douse

play
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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