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sour / ˈsou(ə)r/ • adj. having an acid taste like lemon or vinegar: she sampled the wine and found it was sour. ∎  (of food, esp. milk) spoiled because of fermentation. ∎  having a rancid smell: her breath was always sour. ∎ fig. feeling or expressing resentment, disappointment, or anger: she was quite a different woman from the sour, bored creature I had known. ∎  (of soil) deficient in lime and usually dank. ∎  (of petroleum or natural gas) containing a relatively high sulfur content. • n. a drink made by mixing an alcoholic beverage with lemon juice or lime juice: a rum sour. • v. make or become sour: [tr.] water soured with tamarind | [as adj.] (soured) soured cream | [intr.] a bowl of milk was souring in the sun. ∎  make or become unpleasant, acrimonious, or difficult: [tr.] a dispute soured relations between the two countries for over a year | [intr.] many friendships have soured over borrowed money. PHRASES: go (or turn) sour become less pleasant or attractive; turn out badly: the case concerns a property deal that turned sour. sour grapes an attitude in which someone disparages or affects to despise something because they cannot have it themselves: government officials dismissed many of the complaints as sour grapes. DERIVATIVES: sour·ish adj. sour·ly adv. sour·ness n.

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sour sour grapes an expression or attitude of deliberate disparagement of a desired but unattainable object, alluding to Aesop's fable of ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, in which a fox, unable to reach a tempting bunch of grapes, comforted himself with the reflection that the fruit was probably sour and was therefore no loss.

See also the grapes are sour.

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sour of tart or acid taste OE.; bitter, extremely distasteful XII; morose, peevish XIII. OE. sūr = OS., OHG. sūr (Du. zuur, G. sauer), ON. súrr :- Gmc. *sūraz.
Hence sour vb. XIV. sourness OE. sūrnes.