Douse Definition

doused, douses, dousing, dowses
doused, douses, dousing
To hit forcefully.
Webster's New World
To get immersed or drenched.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
To lower (sails) quickly.
Webster's New World
To pull off (shoes, clothes, etc.)
Webster's New World
A drenching.
Webster's New World

Origin of Douse

  • 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

  • From obsolete douse to strike

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

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