Definition of Sour grapes

1. Noun. Disparagement of something that is unattainable.




Definition of Sour grapes

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A putting down or expression of disdain about something that one desires but cannot have. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sour Grapes

soupspoonfuls
soupspoons
soupy
souq
souqs
sour
sour-gum family
sour bread
sour cherries
sour cherry
sour cherry tree
sour cream
sour dock
sour fig
sour gourd
sour grapes (current term)
sour gum
sour krout
sour mash
sour mash whiskey
sour note
sour orange
sour puss
sour pusses
sour salt
sourball
sourbellies
sourbelly

Literary usage of Sour grapes

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1. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson (1899)
"I also inclose you a letter from Mr. Cabell which will shew you that the ' sour grapes' of Wm. & Mary are spreading ; but certainly not to the 'enlightened ..."

2. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England: Together with an by Edward Hyde Clarendon (1849)
"... than such sour grapes as at that day set on edge the kingdom of England." 117 Which declaration the lords of the secret council, finding, as they said, ..."

3. The Works of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson, Paul Leicester Ford (1905)
"I also inclose you a letter from Mr. Cabell which will shew you that the '' sour grapes " of Wm. & Mary are spreading; but certainly not to the "enlightened ..."

4. Snake Walkers by J. Everett Prewitt (2005)
"It could be that Forte was not a good reporter, regardless of how he represented himself, but what he said didn't appear to be a case of sour grapes. ..."

5. New Education Readers: A Synthetic and Phonic Word Method by Abraham Jay Demarest, William Maturin Van Sickle (1901)
"When they cannot get what they want, they are apt to say, " sour grapes." were THE QUARREL OF THE LION AND THE BEAR. One day a lion and a bear caught and ..."

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