- 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 of souseMiddle English sows ; from Old French souz ; from Old High German sulza, brine, akin to salz, salt
verbsoused soused, sous·ing, sous·es
- To plunge into a liquid.
- To make soaking wet; drench.
- To steep in a mixture, as in pickling.
- Slang To make intoxicated.
To become immersed or soaking wet.
- 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 of souseMiddle English sousen, probably from Old French *souser, to pickle, from souz, sous, pickled meat, of Germanic origin; see sal- in Indo-European roots.
verbsoused soused, sous·ing, sous·es Archaic
To attack by swooping down on. Used of a bird of prey.
To swoop down, as an attacking hawk does.
Origin of souseFrom Middle English souse, swooping motion, alteration of sours, source, a rising; see source.
- A corrupt form of sou.
- A pickle made with salt.
- Something kept or steeped in pickle; especially, the pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine.
- The ear; especially, a hog's ear.
- (US, Appalachian) Pickled scrapple.
- A person suffering from the disease of alcoholism.
- (Caribbean) Pickled/boiled ears and feet of a pig
- A heavy blow.
- The act of sousing; a plunging into water.
- The act of sousing, or swooping.
(third-person singular simple present souses, present participle sousing, simple past and past participle soused)