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Meaning of SOUSE

Pronunciation:  saws

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of making something completely wet; "he gave it a good drenching"
  2. [n]  pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled
  3. [n]  a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
  4. [v]  cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face"
  5. [v]  cook in a marinade; "souse herring"
  6. [v]  become drunk; drink excessively
  7. [v]  immerse into a liquid; "dunk the bread into the soup"

SOUSE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: alcoholic, boozer, dip, dipsomaniac, douse, douse, dowse, drench, drenching, dunk, hit it up, inebriate, lush, plunge, soak, soak, soaker, soaking, sop, sousing
 See Also: bate, bedraggle, booze, brine, cook, dabble, drink, drunk, drunkard, duck, flush, fuddle, immerse, inebriate, ret, rummy, sausage, sluice, sop, sot, wet, wetting



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Souse\, n. [OF. sausse. See {Sauce}.] [Written also
    {souce}, {sowce}, and {sowse}.]
    1. Pickle made with salt.
    2. Something kept or steeped in pickle; esp., the pickled
       ears, feet, etc., of swine.
             And he that can rear up a pig in his house, Hath
             cheaper his bacon, and sweeter his souse. --Tusser.
    3. The ear; especially, a hog's ear. [Prov. Eng.]
    4. The act of sousing; a plunging into water.
  2. \Souse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Soused}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sousing}.] [Cf. F. saucer to wet with sauce. See {Souse}
    1. To steep in pickle; to pickle. ``A soused gurnet.''
    2. To plunge or immerse in water or any liquid.
             They soused me over head and ears in water.
    3. To drench, as by an immersion; to wet throughly.
             Although I be well soused in this shower.
  3. \Souse\, v. i. [Probably fr. OF. sors, p. p. of sordre to
    rise, and first used of an upward swood, then of a swoop in
    general, but also confused with {Souse}, v. t. See {Source}.]
    To swoop or plunge, as a bird upon its prey; to fall
    suddenly; to rush with speed; to make a sudden attack.
          For then I viewed his plunge and souse Into the foamy
          main.                                    --Marston.
          Jove's bird will souse upon the timorous hare. --J.
                                                   Dryden. Jr.
  4. \Souse\, v. t.
    To pounce upon. [R.]
          [The gallant monarch] like eagle o'er his serie towers,
          To souse annoyance that comes near his nest. --Shak.
  5. \Souse\, n.
    The act of sousing, or swooping.
          As a falcon fair That once hath failed or her souse
          full near.                               --Spenser.
  6. \Souse\, adv.
    With a sudden swoop; violently. --Young.