Definition of Souse

1. Noun. A person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually.

Exact synonyms: Alcoholic, Alky, Boozer, Dipsomaniac, Lush, Soaker
Generic synonyms: Drunk, Drunkard, Inebriate, Rummy, Sot, Wino
Derivative terms: Alcoholic, Booze, Soak

2. Verb. Cover with liquid; pour liquid onto. "They souse the cloth with water and alcohol"; "Souse water on his hot face"
Exact synonyms: Douse, Dowse, Drench, Soak, Sop
Generic synonyms: Wet
Specialized synonyms: Brine, Bedraggle, Draggle, Bate, Ret, Flush, Sluice
Derivative terms: Soaker, Soaking, Sousing

3. Noun. Pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled.
Generic synonyms: Sausage

4. Verb. Immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate. "Dip the brush into the paint"
Exact synonyms: Dip, Douse, Dunk, Plunge
Specialized synonyms: Sop, Dip, Douse, Duck, Dabble
Generic synonyms: Immerse, Plunge
Derivative terms: Dip, Dipper, Dousing, Dunkard, Plunge, Plunger

5. Noun. The act of making something completely wet. "He gave it a good drenching"
Exact synonyms: Drenching, Soaking, Sousing
Generic synonyms: Wetting
Derivative terms: Soak

6. Verb. Become drunk or drink excessively.
Exact synonyms: Hit It Up, Inebriate, Soak
Generic synonyms: Booze, Drink, Fuddle
Derivative terms: Inebriate, Inebriation, Inebriation, Soaker

7. Verb. Cook in a marinade. "The chefs souse the vegetables"; "Souse herring"
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Cook

Definition of Souse

1. n. Pickle made with salt.

2. v. t. To steep in pickle; to pickle.

3. v. i. To swoop or plunge, as a bird upon its prey; to fall suddenly; to rush with speed; to make a sudden attack.

4. v. t. To pounce upon.

5. n. The act of sousing, or swooping.

6. adv. With a sudden swoop; violently.

Definition of Souse

1. Noun. A corrupt form of (term sou). ¹

2. Noun. A pickle made with salt. ¹

3. Noun. Something kept or steeped in pickle; esp., the pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine. ¹

4. Noun. The ear; especially, a hog's ear. ¹

5. Noun. (US Appalachian) Pickled scrapple. ¹

6. Noun. A person suffering from the disease of alcoholism. ¹

7. Noun. (Caribbean) Pickled/ Boiled ears and feet of a pig ¹

8. Verb. to immerse in liquid; to steep or drench ¹

9. Noun. A heavy blow. ¹

10. Verb. (context: now dialectal transitive) To strike or beat. ¹

11. Verb. (context: now dialectal intransitive) To fall heavily. ¹

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Definition of Souse

1. to immerse [v SOUSED, SOUSING, SOUSES] - See also: immerse

Medical Definition of Souse

1. 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) Origin: 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, See Source. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Souse

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Literary usage of Souse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journals of Sir John Lauder, Lord Fountainhall, with His Observations on by John Lauder Fountainhall, Donald Crawford (1900)
"Out of thir 25 I have payed 3 livres to Mr. Rue, wt whom I began to dance, September 10, 1665; 20 souse at the tennis; 5 or 6 for lettres ports; 20 souse ..."

2. The Improved Housewife: Or Book of Receipts, with Engravings for Marketing by A. L. Webster (1855)
"souse. Clean pig's feet and ears thoroughly, and soak them a number of days in ... To souse them cold, pour boiling vinegar over them, spiced with mace and ..."

3. The Virginia Housewife: Or, Methodical Cook by Mary Randolph (1838)
"TO MAKE souse. LET all the pieces you intend to souse, remain covered with cold water twelve hours; then wash them out, wipe off the blood, ..."

4. Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart by John Gibson Lockhart (1837)
"I will write again very soon, when I can keep my breast longer to the desk without pain, for I am not yet without frequent relapses, when they souse me into ..."

5. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"1839 I have often heard [your mammy] say she could not bear to make souse out of hog's oars that had been torn by dogs. I will therefore take the dogs off, ..."

6. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"... and washed with some of the pickle, it will be quite restored to its former goodness. An excellent souse for Brawn, or Pigs' Feet and Ears. ..."

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