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soused

[soust] /saʊst/
adjective, Slang.
1.
drunk; intoxicated.
Origin
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/
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 for soused
  • On weekends, the lines are long, the patrons often soused.
  • If you're looking to get soused in a more elegant environment, this is your place.
  • One night last summer he'd come to the factory yard soused, climbed up on a vat, and tumbled in.
  • Keep your guests appropriately soused or otherwise occupied.
  • The amount of obligations authorized but not issued hereunder shall be reduced to the extent that such funds are soused.
  • It is not, of course, the only resource that can be soused.
  • Know what impurities can be neutralized and/or oxidized by chemical feed and what chemicals are soused.
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
souse
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 "pickled" in liquor.
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Slang definitions & phrases for soused

soused

adjective

(Variation: to the gills may be added) Drunk

[1613+; probably fr the image of a pickled herring or other pickled fish]


souse

noun
  1. A drunkard; lush: A wonderful thyroid substance sobered up the souse in 30 minutes (1906+)
  2. Drunkenness; intoxication: Economic and religious saviors give a new kind of emotional souse (1903+)

[fr an extension of souse, ''pickle brine, something pickled,'' hence semantically akin to soak, ''drunkard,'' and pickled, ''drunk'']


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