transitive verb

sometimes capitalized
: to imbue with qualities native to or associated with a southern region and especially the southern states of the U.S.

Word History


southern + -ize

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of southernize was in 1857

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“Southernize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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