- a pickled food, esp. the feet, ears, and head of a pig
- liquid used for pickling; brine
- the act of plunging into a liquid, esp. into brine for pickling
- ☆ Slang a drunkard
Origin: ME sows < OFr souz < OHG sulza, brine, akin to salz, salt
Origin: altered < ME source < OFr sors, sourse, in the same sense: see source
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verb soused soused, sous·ing, sous·es verb, transitive
- To plunge into a liquid.
- To make soaking wet; drench.
- To steep in a mixture, as in pickling.
- Slang To make intoxicated.
- The act or process of sousing.
- a. Food steeped in pickle, especially pork trimmings.b. The liquid used in pickling; brine.
- Slang a. A drunkard.b. A period of heavy drinking; a binge.
Origin: Middle English sousen, probably from Old French *souser, to pickle, from souz, sous, pickled meat, of Germanic origin; see sal- in Indo-European roots.
verb soused soused, sous·ing, sous·es Archaic verb, transitive
Origin: From Middle English souse, swooping motion, alteration of sours, source, a rising; see source.