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sour

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sour \Sour\, adjective [Compar. {Sourer}; superl. {Sourest}.] [OE. sour, sur, AS. s?r; akin to D. zuur, G. sauer, OHG. s?r, Icel. s?rr, Sw. sur, Dan. suur, Lith. suras salt, Russ. surovui harsh, rough. Cf. {Sorrel}, the plant.]

1. Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar, and the juices of most unripe fruits; acid; tart.

All sour things, as vinegar, provoke appetite. --Bacon.

2. Changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or musty, turned.

3. Disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed; peevish; morose; as, a man of a sour temper; a sour reply. "A sour countenance." --Swift.

He was a scholar . . . Lofty and sour to them that loved him not, But to those men that sought him sweet as summer. --Shak.

4. Afflictive; painful. "Sour adversity." --Shak.

5. Cold and unproductive; as, sour land; a sour marsh.

{Sour dock} (Bot.), sorrel.

{Sour gourd} (Bot.), the gourdlike fruit {Adansonia Gregorii}, and {Adansonia digitata}; also, either of the trees bearing this fruit. See {Adansonia}.

{Sour grapes}. See under {Grape}.

{Sour gum} (Bot.) See {Turelo}.

{Sour plum} (Bot.), the edible acid fruit of an Australian tree ({Owenia venosa}); also, the tree itself, which furnished a hard reddish wood used by wheelwrights.

Syn: Acid; sharp; tart; acetous; acetose; harsh; acrimonious; crabbed; currish; peevish.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sour \Sour\, noun A sour or acid substance; whatever produces a painful effect. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sour \Sour\, verb (used with an object) [AS. s?rian to sour, to become sour.]

1. To cause to become sour; to cause to turn from sweet to sour; as, exposure to the air sours many substances.

So the sun's heat, with different powers, Ripens the grape, the liquor sours. --Swift.

2. To make cold and unproductive, as soil. --Mortimer.

3. To make unhappy, uneasy, or less agreeable.

To sour your happiness I must report, The queen is dead. --Shak.

4. To cause or permit to become harsh or unkindly. "Souring his cheeks." --Shak.

Pride had not sour'd nor wrath debased my heart. --Harte.

5. To macerate, and render fit for plaster or mortar; as, to sour lime for business purposes.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sour \Sour\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Soured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Souring}.] To become sour; to turn from sweet to sour; as, milk soon sours in hot weather; a kind temper sometimes sours in adversity.

They keep out melancholy from the virtuous, and hinder the hatred of vice from souring into severity. --Addison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sour

adjective

1: smelling of fermentation or staleness [syn: {sour}, {rancid}]

2: having a sharp biting taste [ant: {sweet}]

3: one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons

4: in an unpalatable state; "sour milk" [syn: {off}, {sour}, {turned}]

5: inaccurate in pitch; "a false (or sour) note"; "her singing was off key" [syn: {false}, {off-key}, {sour}]

6: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: {dark}, {dour}, {glowering}, {glum}, {moody}, {morose}, {saturnine}, {sour}, {sullen}]

noun

1: a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar

2: the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth [syn: {sour}, {sourness}, {tartness}]

3: the property of being acidic [syn: {sourness}, {sour}, {acidity}]

verb

1: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn: {sour}, {turn}, {ferment}, {work}]

2: make sour or more sour [syn: {sour}, {acidify}, {acidulate}, {acetify}] [ant: {dulcify}, {dulcorate}, {edulcorate}, {sweeten}]

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