oxford views updated May 18 2018
souse / sous/ •
v. [tr.] soak in or drench with liquid: souse the quilts in warm suds until thoroughly clean. ∎ [often as adj.] (soused) put (gherkins, fish, etc.) in a pickling solution or a marinade: soused herring. ∎ [as adj.] (soused) inf. drunk: I was soused to the eyeballs.•
n. 1. liquid, typically salted, used for pickling. ∎ pickled food, esp. a pig's head.2. inf. a drunkard. ∎ dated a drinking bout.
oxford views updated Jun 11 2018
To cook or steep food in vinegar; especially oily fish
such as herring
Pork in gelatine with vinegar, dill pickles and sweet peppers.
oxford views updated May 14 2018
steep (meat, etc.) in pickle XIV; plunge in water XV; drench, soak XVI. f. (dial.) souse
(XIV) pickled meat — OF. sous
— OS sultia
, OHG. sülza
) brine. Gmc. *sult-