souse

souse
souse1
/sows/, v., soused, sousing, n.
v.t.
1. to plunge into water or other liquid; immerse.
2. to drench, as with water.
3. to dash or pour, as water.
4. to steep in pickling brine; pickle.
v.i.
5. to plunge into water or other liquid.
6. to be soaked or drenched.
7. to be steeping or soaking in something.
n.
8. an act of sousing.
9. something kept or steeped in pickle, esp. the head, ears, and feet of a pig.
10. a liquid used as a pickle.
11. Slang. a drunkard.
[1350-1400; 1915-20 for def. 11; (n.) ME sows < MF souce pickled < Gmc (akin to SALT1); (v.) ME sousen, deriv. of the n.]
Syn. 2. soak, wet.
souse2
/sows/, v., soused, sousing, n. Archaic.
v.i.
1. to swoop down.
v.t.
2. to swoop or pounce upon.
n. Falconry.
3. a rising while in flight.
4. a swooping or pouncing.
[1480-90; by-form of SOURCE in its earlier literal sense "rising"]

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  • Souse — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Souse — Souse, n. [OF. sausse. See {Sauce}.] [Written also {souce}, {sowce}, and {sowse}.] 1. Pickle made with salt. [1913 Webster] 2. Something kept or steeped in pickle; esp., the pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine. [1913 Webster] And he that can rear… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Souse — Souse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Soused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sousing}.] [Cf. F. saucer to wet with sauce. See {Souse} pickle.] 1. To steep in pickle; to pickle. A soused gurnet. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To plunge or immerse in water or any liquid. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Souse — Souse, v. t. To pounce upon. [R.] [1913 Webster] [The gallant monarch] like eagle o er his serie towers, To souse annoyance that comes near his nest. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Souse — Souse, n. The act of sousing, or swooping. [1913 Webster] As a falcon fair That once hath failed or her souse full near. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Souse — Souse, adv. With a sudden swoop; violently. Young. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • souse — index immerse (plunge into), permeate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • souse — [ saus ] verb transitive 1. ) to pour water over someone or something until they are completely wet 2. ) MAINLY BRITISH to make food completely wet with a liquid such as VINEGAR or alcohol, especially by keeping it in the liquid for a long time …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • souse — late 14c., to pickle, steep in vinegar, from O.Fr. sous (adj.) preserved in salt and vinegar, from Frank. *sultja (related to O.Saxon sultia salt water ), from P.Gmc. *salt , *sult (see SALT (Cf. salt)). The noun meaning pig parts preserved and… …   Etymology dictionary

  • souse — *dip, immerse, submerge, duck, dunk Analogous words: *soak, steep, saturate, impregnate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • souse — [v] make very wet brine, deluge, dip, douse, drench, drown, duck, dunk, immerse, impregnate, marinate, pickle, preserve, seethe, soak, sop, steep, submerge, submerse, waterlog, wet; concept 256 Ant. dehydrate, dry …   New thesaurus

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