Souse n. [Written also souce, sowce, and sowse.]
1. Pickle made with salt.
2. Something kept or steeped in pickle; esp., the pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine.
And he that can rear up a pig in his house,
Hath cheaper his bacon, and sweeter his souse. --Tusser.
3. The ear; especially, a hog's ear. [Prov. Eng.]
4. The act of sousing; a plunging into water.
Sous, Souse n. A corrupt form of Sou. [Obs.]
Souse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Soused p. pr. & vb. n. Sousing.]
1. To steep in pickle; to pickle. “A soused gurnet.”
2. To plunge or immerse in water or any liquid.
They soused me over head and ears in water. --Addison.
3. To drench, as by an immersion; to wet throughly.
Although I be well soused in this shower. --Gascoigne.
Souse, v. i. To swoop or plunge, as a bird upon its prey; to fall suddenly; to rush with speed; to make a sudden attack.
For then I viewed his plunge and souse
Into the foamy main. --Marston.
Jove's bird will souse upon the timorous hare. --J. Dryden. Jr.
Souse, v. t. To pounce upon. [R.]
[The gallant monarch] like eagle o'er his serie towers,
To souse annoyance that comes near his nest. --Shak.
Souse, n. The act of sousing, or swooping.
As a falcon fair
That once hath failed or her souse full near. --Spenser.
Souse, adv. With a sudden swoop; violently.
n 1: a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually [syn: alcoholic,
alky, dipsomaniac, boozer, lush, soaker]
2: pork trimmings chopped and pickled and jelled
3: the act of making something completely wet; "he gave it a
good drenching" [syn: drenching, soaking, sousing]
v 1: cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot
face" [syn: drench, douse, dowse, soak, sop]
2: immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or
saturate; "dip the garment into the cleaning solution";
"dip the brush into the paint" [syn: dunk, dip, plunge,
3: become drunk or drink excessively [syn: soak, inebriate,
hit it up]
4: cook in a marinade; "souse herring"