from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mingle confusedly.
  • To spill or wet through carelessness.
  • To splash.
  • noun A state of sloppy disorder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Local, U.S. To splash or wet carelessly.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To heap up in confusion.
  • noun Local, U.S. One who spills water or other liquids carelessly; specifically, a sluttish woman.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A mass, or heap, confusedly mingled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic One who spills water or other liquids carelessly.
  • noun archaic An untidy woman.
  • noun A confusedly mingled mass or heap.


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  • It completed her expression; it was as a very halo of Yankee saintship crowning the woman who in despite of poverty and every discouragement had always hated, to the very roots of her hair, anything like what she called a "sozzle;" who had always been screwed up and sharp set to hard work.

    A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.

  • All the vital-mines is beginning to sozzle in chewn and the hormonies to clingleclangle, fudgem, kates and eaps and naboc and erics and oinnos on kingclud and xoxxoxo and xooxox xxoxoxxoxxx till

    Finnegans Wake

  • So Curly, whether he wanted to or no, had to sozzle and splash himself all over in cold water, and really it did him good, for it made him feel nice and warm and made his ears and nose as red as a pink flannel blanket.

    Curly and Floppy Twistytail; the Funny Piggie Boys

  • That horrid leg of lamb won't do anything but sozzle away in the pan; the string-beans have been scorched; and -- oh, goodness! "

    The House of Torchy

  • "I have no romantic things to tell, for poor Mrs. Kennedy was a shiftless, broken-down woman, who could only 'sozzle round,' as Mrs. Grover said, and rub along with help from any one who would lend a hand.

    A Garland for Girls


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