Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or condition of being sour, usually said of human personalities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being sour, in any sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sullen moody resentful disposition
  • n. the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
  • n. the property of being acidic

Etymologies

sour +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The idea is to flavor the liquid well with the spices and extract all the sourness from the kokum.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • This is a brine pickle made without vinegar; the sourness comes from the fermentation process, as is traditional.

    Green Tomato Finale

  • Whenever I experience this, whenever a laconic sourness is thrust into my spirit, I close my eyes and seek for something inside me that can anchor me against the unpleasant wave that threatens to engulf me, cap-a-pie.

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • "Approaching, I perceive the peculiar scent which belongs to such places, a certain sourness in the air, suggesting trodden grass and cigar smoke."

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • The sourness is similar to lemons, but more complex; pomegranate molasses includes floral flavors that most citrus fruits don’t have.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Because it contained some peculiar quality which Shakespeare calls sourness, the sheep would not eat the grass of the rings.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

  • Imperial Cold pack cheddar is very sharp without the "sourness" many of older cheddars seem to take on.

    Cheese balls and Aunt Betty | Homesick Texan

  • While Britons champion the creamy textures of Dairy Milk and Flake, Americans cherish the likes of Hershey - bemoaned this side of the Atlantic for its "sourness" and "gritty texture".

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Their San Francisco Sourdough is famous for its sourness which is not to my taste.

    The Fresh Loaf

  • Gueuze Tasting notes: Dry and fruity with a touch of palette cleansing sourness.

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