from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To plunge into a liquid.
  • transitive v. To make soaking wet; drench.
  • transitive v. To steep in a mixture, as in pickling.
  • transitive v. Slang To make intoxicated.
  • intransitive v. To become immersed or soaking wet.
  • n. The act or process of sousing.
  • n. Food steeped in pickle, especially pork trimmings.
  • n. The liquid used in pickling; brine.
  • n. Slang A drunkard.
  • n. Slang A period of heavy drinking; a binge.
  • transitive v. To pounce on; attack.
  • intransitive v. To swoop down, as an attacking hawk does.
  • n. Obsolete A swooping motion of attack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A corrupt form of sou.
  • n. A pickle made with salt.
  • n. Something kept or steeped in pickle; esp., the pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine.
  • n. The ear; especially, a hog's ear.
  • n. Pickled scrapple.
  • n. A person suffering from the disease of alcoholism.
  • n. Pickled/ Boiled ears and feet of a pig
  • v. to immerse in liquid; to steep or drench
  • n. A heavy blow.
  • v. To strike or beat.
  • v. To fall heavily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With a sudden swoop; violently.
  • n. Pickle made with salt.
  • n. Something kept or steeped in pickle; esp., the pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine.
  • n. The ear; especially, a hog's ear.
  • n. The act of sousing; a plunging into water.
  • n. The act of sousing, or swooping.
  • intransitive v. To swoop or plunge, as a bird upon its prey; to fall suddenly; to rush with speed; to make a sudden attack.
  • transitive v. To steep in pickle; to pickle.
  • transitive v. To plunge or immerse in water or any liquid.
  • transitive v. To drench, as by an immersion; to wet throughly.
  • transitive v. To pounce upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To steep in piekle.
  • To plunge (into water or other liquid); cover or drench (with liquid).
  • To pour or dash, as water.
  • To swoop; rush with violence; descend with speed or headlong, as a hawk on its prey.
  • To strike.
  • To be diligent.
  • To strike with sudden violence, as a bird strikes its prey; pounce upon.
  • With a sudden plunge; with headlong descent; with violent motion downward; less correctly, with sudden violence in any direction.
  • n. Pickle made with salt; sauce.
  • n. Something kept or steeped in pickle; especially, the head, ears, and feet of swine pickled.
  • n. The car: in contempt.
  • n. A pouncing down; a stoop or swoop; a swift or precipitate descent, especially for attack: as, the souse of a hawk upon its prey.
  • n. A blow; a thump.
  • n. A dip or plunge in the water.
  • n. See sous.
  • n. In architecture, a support or underprop.

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

  • v. cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
  • v. immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
  • n. pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled
  • n. a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
  • n. the act of making something completely wet
  • v. become drunk or drink excessively
  • v. cook in a marinade


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English sousen, probably from Old French *souser, to pickle, from souz, sous, pickled meat, of Germanic origin; see sal- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English souse, swooping motion, alteration of sours, source, a rising; see source.

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Origin uncertain.


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  • Hast thou no great bag-pudding, nor hog's-face that is called souse?

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  • It is sometimes also known as souse meat, particularly if pickled with vinegar.


  • We have something down South that's similar, called "souse".

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  • "We frow water on 'em!" said Baby William, laughing with delight as his grandfather made-believe bite some "souse" off his ears.

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  • The araguato at the "tail-end" of the bridge, not knowing what had happened, and thinking all was right for swinging himself across, slipped his tail from the branch just at the very same instant that the wounded one let go, and the whole chain fell "souse" into the water!

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  • In all probability, his sudden "souse" into the water had astonished Bruin himself; -- from that moment all his thoughts were to provide for his own safety, and, with this intention, he was endeavouring to get back to the surface of the snowdrift, when Alexis first caught sight of his snout.

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  • The daughters of Jerusalem, when they saw how inquisitive the souse was after her Beloved, were desirous to seek him with her (Cant. vi.

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  • I wanted Mona to escape somehow and her wretch of a drunken souse husband to get the axe … uh, fangs.

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  • When you was spieling that Adam Strang yarn, I remember you mentioned playing chess with that royal souse of an emperor's brother.

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  • Tristram Shandy, Vol. IV, Ch. IX: "What a chapter of chances, said my father, turning himself about upon the first landing, as he and my uncle Toby were going down stairs-----what a long chapter of chances do the events of this world lay open to us! Take pen and ink in hand, brother Toby, and calculate it fairly-----I know no more of calculations than this balluster, said my uncle Toby, (striking short of it with his crutch, and hitting my father a desperate blow souse upon his shin bone)..." Baaahahahahaha! 18th century slapstick! YESSSS!!!!!

    March 16, 2013

  • '...Zeena's husband slept in the tent to watch the props, he said. Really it was because he was a souse and he couldn't make love to Zeena any more.'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

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  • Barton Fink (1991):

    Geisler: Mayhew, some help, the guy's a souse!

    Barton: He's a great writer...

    Geisler: A great souse!

    Barton: You don't understand...

    Geisler: Souse!

    Barton: He's in pain, because he can't write...

    Geisler: Souse! Souse! Can't write? He manages to write his name on the back of his paycheck every week!

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  • "and if this F. Merriville is the daughter of the only member of the family with whom I ever had the slightest acquaintance you may depend upon it she hasn't a souse, and hopes I may be so obliging as to remedy this."

    —Georgette Heyer, Frederica

    Same as sou.

    June 5, 2009

  • Yes I would. If I could, I surely would.

    August 6, 2008

  • I'd rather be a hammer than a nail.

    August 6, 2008

  • I'd rather have a souse than a scouse spouse.

    August 5, 2008

  • You know, I keep hearing scouse in some song lyrics and thinking it's the same thing as souse. Gah!

    August 4, 2008

  • See head cheese.

    October 31, 2007