Definition of

Souse

  1. (noun, act) the act of making something completely wet
  2. (noun, food) pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled
  3. (noun, person) a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
  4. (verb, change) cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
  5. (verb, change) cook in a marinade
  6. (verb, consumption) become drunk or drink excessively
  7. (verb, contact) immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
    dip the brush into the paint

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Alternate forms of Souse

Derivations: souse, sousing

Hyponyms: bate, bedraggle, brine, dabble, dip, douse, draggle, duck, flush, ret, sluice, sop

Hypernyms: booze, cook, drink, drunk, drunkard, fuddle, immerse, inebriate, plunge, rummy, sausage, sot, wet, wetting, wino

Origin of the word Souse

  1. 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). The noun meaning "pig parts preserved and pickled" is recorded from late 14c. The adj. soused "drunk" is first recorded 1610s, on notion of one "p… more

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