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soused

[soust] /saʊst/
adjective, Slang.
1.
drunk; intoxicated.
Origin of soused
1540-1550
1540-50, in sense “pickled”; 1605-15 for current sense; souse1 + -ed2
Related forms
unsoused, adjective

souse1

[sous] /saʊs/
verb (used with object), soused, sousing.
1.
to plunge into water or other liquid; immerse.
2.
to drench, as with water.
3.
to dash or pour, as water.
4.
to steep in pickling brine; pickle.
verb (used without object), soused, sousing.
5.
to plunge into water or other liquid.
6.
to be soaked or drenched.
7.
to be steeping or soaking in something.
noun
8.
an act of sousing.
9.
something kept or steeped in pickle, especially the head, ears, and feet of a pig.
10.
a liquid used as a pickle.
11.
Slang. a drunkard.
Origin
1350-1400; 1915-20 for def 11; (noun) Middle English sows < Middle French souce pickled < Germanic (akin to salt1); (v.) Middle English sousen, derivative of the noun
Synonyms
2. soak, wet.

souse2

[sous] /saʊs/ Archaic.
verb (used without object), soused, sousing.
1.
to swoop down.
verb (used with object), soused, sousing.
2.
to swoop or pounce upon.
noun, Falconry.
3.
a rising while in flight.
4.
a swooping or pouncing.
Origin
1480-90; by-form of source in its earlier literal sense “rising”
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Examples from the Web for soused
Historical Examples
  • The old fool was soused and I don't know what was the matter with me.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • First she took it by the heels and plunged it in the river; then by the head and soused it in that way.

  • It was a hell of a way to treat a decent girl, to ask her to a dance with a lot of drunkards and soused rats.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • I warrant you,” she muttered, “he commended my soused cucumbers.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • William took the hint; they seized Jack by the arms and legs, and soused him into the pond.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • It soused into the water, and I leaned forward to observe the splash.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • In he plunged him at once, and, to use familiar terms, he soused him up and down and swaddled him about like a big dish cloth.

    Hesper, the Home-Spirit Elizabeth Doten
  • And above it all, he smelled like one who had been soused in aromatic oils.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • The feet may be soused whole, or cut up with the head and ears; but it is not so nice.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • The man must have been set afire had he not been soused in the river beforehand.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
British Dictionary definitions for soused

souse1

/saʊs/
verb
1.
to plunge (something, oneself, etc) into water or other liquid
2.
to drench or be drenched
3.
(transitive) to pour or dash (liquid) over (a person or thing)
4.
to steep or cook (food) in a marinade
5.
(transitive; usually passive) (slang) to make drunk
noun
6.
the liquid or brine used in pickling
7.
the act or process of sousing
8.
(slang) a habitual drunkard
Word Origin
C14: from Old French sous, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sulza brine

souse2

/saʊs/
verb (intransitive)
1.
often foll by on or upon. to swoop suddenly downwards (on a prey)
noun
2.
a sudden downward swoop
Word Origin
C16: perhaps a variant of obsolete vb sense of source
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Word Origin and History for soused
adj.

"drunk," 1610s, from past participle of souse (v.), on notion of one "pickled" in liquor.

souse

v.

late 14c., "to pickle, steep in vinegar," from Old French sous (adj.) "preserved in salt and vinegar," from Frankish *sultja or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Saxon sultia "salt water," Old High German sulza "brine"), from Proto-Germanic *salt- (see salt (n.)). Related: Soused; sousing.

n.

something steeped in pickle, especially "pig parts preserved and pickled," mid-15c., earlier "liquid for pickling" (late 14c.), from souse (v.) or from its French source.

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Slang definitions & phrases for soused

sourpuss

noun

A morose person; a chronic complainer and moaner; picklepuss: the regular assortment of first-night sourpusses and professional runners down/ He'd change into a sour-pan (entry form 1937+, variant 1942+)

sourball

modifier

: Everyone thought itwas funny except the sour-balls instructor

noun

sorehead (1900+)

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