Douse meaning

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To douse is defined as to drench someone or something with liquid, or to quickly put out a fire.

An example of douse is when you pour a bucket of water over someone's head, soaking him with water.

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To lower (sails) quickly.
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To put out (a light or fire) quickly.
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To plunge or thrust suddenly into liquid.
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To drench; pour liquid over.
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To wet thoroughly; drench.
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To put out (a light or fire); extinguish.

Doused the campfire with a bucket of water.

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A thorough drenching.
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(intransitive) To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse.
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(intransitive) To fall suddenly into water.

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To put out; to extinguish.
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To strike.
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(nautical) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.
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To hit forcefully.
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To pull off (shoes, clothes, etc.)
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To get immersed or drenched.
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A drenching.
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Origin of douse

  • From obsolete douse to strike

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English duschen, dusshen (“to rush, fall”), related to Norwegian dusa (“to break, cast down from”), Old Dutch doesen (“to beat, strike”), German dialectal tusen, dusen (“to strike, run against, collide”), Eastern Frisian dössen (“to strike”). Compare doss, dust.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish dunsa (“to plumb down, fall clumsily”), Danish dunse (“to thump”). Compare Old English dwǣscan (“to extinguish”) and douse below.

    From Wiktionary