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Definition of the noun souse

What does souse mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: souses

  1. a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
  2. pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: sausage = highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
  3. the act of making something completely wet

Alternative definition of the noun souse


  1. A corrupt form of [term, sou].
  2. A pickle made with salt.
  3. Something kept or steeped in pickle; esp., the pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine.
  4. The ear; especially, a hog's ear.
  5. [US, Appalachian] Pickled scrapple.
  6. A person suffering from the disease of alcoholism.
  7. [Caribbean] Pickled/ Boiled ears and feet of a pig

Definition of the verb souse

What does souse mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: soused | sousing | souses

  1. cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
    • example: souse water on his hot face
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of souse: douse / dowse / drench / soak / sop
    • more generic word: wet = cause to become wet
    • more specific words:
      • brine = soak in brine
      • bedraggle / draggle = make wet and dirty, as from rain
      • bate = soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
      • ret = place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
      • sluice / flush = irrigate with water from a sluice
  2. immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of souse: dip / douse / dunk / plunge
    • more generic words: immerse / plunge = thrust or throw into
    • more specific words:
      • sop = dip into liquid
      • douse / duck / dip = dip into a liquid
      • dabble = dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid
  3. become drunk or drink excessively
  4. cook in a marinade
    • examples: souse herring | The chefs souse the vegetables
    • domain: cookery / cooking / preparation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: cook = transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

Alternative definition of the verb souse


  1. to immerse in liquid; to steep or drench


Souse is a musical group.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Souse

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Google previewBahamas For Dummies (2007)

by Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince

Chicken souse is a popular dish made with chicken, onion, sweet peppers, bay leaves, allspice, and other ingredients, as the ...

Google previewThe Joy of Pickling, 3rd Edition (2016)

300 Flavor-Packed Recipes for All Kinds of Produce from Garden Or Market by Linda Ziedrich

Souse is an old English word for the cooked flesh of pigs' feet (or other pork trimmings) in aspic—that is, a tart, savory jelly. Sometimes the whole feet are covered in aspic, but in this recipe you remove the bones, thereby producing a more ...

Google previewBarbados (2007)

by Melissa Shales

Souse is the meat from the head and feet, cooked long and slow and pickled with lime, onion, salt, cucumber and parsley. Also look out for the fancifully named cohobblopot, a highly spiced meat and okra stew. Right: Captain Bligh looked after ...

Google previewThe true convert (1632)

or, An exposition upon the xv. chapter of st. Lukes gospell, containing three parables: the lost sheepe (The watchful shepheard), the lost groat (The good houswife), the lost sonne (The indulgent father). [3 pt., each with a special title-leaf]. by Nehemiah Rogers

yet that of the souse is the soarestibid. Fassing, necessary at some times, 316 something may bee eaten in the time of a Fá; if neede require, 16. Father, all are not dutiful! that call ...

Google previewThe History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham (1857)

Comprising a Condensed Account of Its Natural, Civil, and Ecclesiastical History, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time; Its Boundaries, Ancient, Parishes, and Recently Formed Parochial Districts and Chapelries, and Parliamentary and Municipal Divisions; Its Agriculture, Mineral Products, Manufactures, Shipping, Docks, Railways, and General Commerce; Its Public Buildings, Churches, Chapels, Parochial Registers, Landed Gentry, Heraldic Visitations, Local Biography, Schools, Charities, Sanitary Reports, Population, &c by William Fordyce

Usworth Souse is an elegant stone mansion, ...

Google previewThe Living Age (1861)

Exquisite souse Is that cold ...

Google previewCassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1900)

Being a Complete Topographical Dictionary of the United Kingdom; with Numerous Illustrations and Sixty Maps

Souse is a seat Wood Eaton (2), ha., pa. of and adjoining Chore* Eaton (q.v.), W. Staffs. Wood Eaves, ha., pa. of and 1J E. from JLr.

Google previewPunch (1861)

QUIRTo gentil 1 * Pleasant to feel, From head to heel, $quirto gentil Exquisite souse Is that cold water douse: | How it braces each \ 4, , , sim \ }; Of stout and of - slim : | And sets up one's muscle For workaday bustle. How it quickens the brain, ...

Google previewA critical pronouncing dictionary (1824)

by John Walker

SOUS, souse, or soo, ». 815. A small denomination of French money. 'Hie first pronunciation of this word ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

SOUSE, n.s. & v.a. Belg. soute, salt; or rather Fr. sauce; Ital. salsa. Pickle of salt ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1853)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Explained in Their Different Meanings, and Authorized by the Names of the Writers in Whose Works They are Found by Samuel Johnson

SOUSE. ». ». [soute, Dutch.] Pickle made of salt. Airy thing kept parboiled in salt- pickle. Tasser. The ear ; most properly that of a hog, from its being frequently pickled or soused. Grose. To SOUSE, v. a. To parboil ; or steep in pickle. Shakspcare ...

Google previewWalker's Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language ... (1854)

To which are Prefixed Principles of English Pronunciation, Rules to be Observed by the Natives of Scotland, Ireland, and London, for Avoiding Their Respective Peculiarities, and Directions to Foreigners ... The Whole Interspersed with Observations ... by John Walker

Sous, souse, or sAft, s. 315. A small denomination of French money.

Google previewA dictionary of the English language. Abstracted from the folio ed. by the author (1802)

by Samuel Johnson

SOUSE. ,. [/«/, salt, Dutch.] 1. Pickle made of salt. 1. Any thing kept parboiled in salt pickle. Tnf-r. T» SOUSE, „. a. [from the noun.] 1. Tobarboil, or steep in pickle. Pope. 2.

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language (1826)

To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation, Likewise, Rules to be Observed by the Natives of Scottland, Ireland and London, for Avoiding Their Respective Peculiarities : and Directions to Foreigners ... ; The Whole Interspersed with Observations, Etymological, Critical, and Grammatical by John Walker

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Souse Meaning

Video shows what souse means. Something kept or steeped in brine The pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine. # Pickled scrapple. # Pickled or boiled ears and feet of ...

Quotes about Souse

Ms. Nivedita
8 January 2010.

Resign and Consign
Delusion dedoping
Buoyant absolving
Souse dousing
Enjoy Life Divine.


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Scrabble value of S1O1U1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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