Definitions for soursaʊər, ˈsaʊ ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soursaʊər, ˈsaʊ ər(adj.; n.; v.)sour•er, sour•est

  1. (adj.)having an acid taste resembling that of vinegar or lemon juice; tart.

  2. rendered acid or affected by fermentation; fermented.

  3. producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, salt, or sweet.

    Category: Psychology, Physiology

  4. characteristic of something fermented:

    a sour smell.

  5. distasteful or disagreeable; unpleasant.

  6. cross; peevish:

    a sour expression.

  7. (of soil) having excessive acidity.

    Category: Agriculture

  8. (esp. of gasoline) contaminated by sulfur compounds.

    Category: Chemistry

  9. off-pitch; badly produced:

    a sour note.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. (n.)something that is sour.

  11. a cocktail of whiskey, lime or lemon juice, sugar, and sometimes soda.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  12. an acid or an acidic substance used in laundering and bleaching to neutralize alkalis and to decompose residual soap or bleach.

    Category: Chemistry

  13. (v.i.)to become sour, rancid, etc.; spoil.

  14. (of relations) to become unpleasant or strained.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  15. to become bitter or disillusioned.

  16. (v.t.)to make sour.

  17. to cause spoilage in; rot.

  18. to make bitter or disillusioned.

Idioms for sour:

  1. go sour,to become unsatisfactory; fail:

    a marriage gone sour.

    Category: Idiom

  2. go sour on,to become estranged from; turn against:

    He went sour on his family.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of sour:

bef. 1000; OE sūr (orig. adj.), c. OHG sūr, ON sūrr


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sour(noun)

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

  2. sour, sourness, tartness(noun)

    the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth

  3. sourness, sour, acidity(adj)

    the property of being acidic

  4. sour, rancid(adj)

    smelling of fermentation or staleness

  5. sour(adj)

    having a sharp biting taste

  6. sour(adj)

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

  7. off, sour, turned(adj)

    in an unpalatable state

    "sour milk"

  8. false, off-key, sour(adj)

    inaccurate in pitch

    "a false (or sour) note"; "her singing was off key"

  9. dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen(verb)

    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"

  10. sour, turn, ferment, work(verb)

    go sour or spoil

    "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

  11. sour, acidify, acidulate, acetify(verb)

    make sour or more sour

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sour(adjective)ʊər, ˈsaʊ ər

    ≠ sweet

    These apples are a little too sour for eating.

  2. sourʊər, ˈsaʊ ər

    (of milk) no longer fresh enough to drink; = fresh

    ***The milk went sour.

  3. sourʊər, ˈsaʊ ər

    bad-tempered and resentful

    a sour old man


  1. sour(Noun)

    Any cocktail containing lemon or lime juice.

  2. sour(Verb)

    To make or become sour.

    Too much lemon juice will sour the recipe.

  3. sour(Verb)

    To become disenchanted.

    We broke up after our relationship soured.

  4. sour(Adjective)

    Having an acidic, sharp or tangy taste.

    Lemons have a sour taste.

  5. sour(Adjective)

    Peevish or bad-tempered.

    He gave me a sour look.

  6. sour(Adjective)

    Unfortunate or unfavorable.

  7. Origin: From sour, from sur, from sūraz, from sūr-. Cognate with zuur, sauer, sur, súr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sour

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

  2. Sour

    changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or musty, turned

  3. Sour

    disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed; peevish; morose; as, a man of a sour temper; a sour reply

  4. Sour

    afflictive; painful

  5. Sour

    cold and unproductive; as, sour land; a sour marsh

  6. Sour(noun)

    a sour or acid substance; whatever produces a painful effect

  7. Sour(verb)

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

  8. Sour(verb)

    to make cold and unproductive, as soil

  9. Sour(verb)

    to make unhappy, uneasy, or less agreeable

  10. Sour(verb)

    to cause or permit to become harsh or unkindly

  11. Sour(verb)

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

  12. Sour(verb)

    to become sour; to turn from sweet to sour; as, milk soon sours in hot weather; a kind temper sometimes sours in adversity


  1. Sour

    A sour is a traditional family of mixed drinks; the word itself is often used as a post-positive adjective when in the name of a drink. Common examples of sours are the margarita and the sidecar. Sours belong to one of the old families of original cocktails and are described by Jerry Thomas in his 1862 book How to Mix Drinks. Sours are mixed drinks containing a base liquor, lemon or lime juice, egg white, and a sweetener.

Anagrams of sour

  1. ours

Translations for sour

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having a taste or smell similar in nature to that of lemon juice or vinegar

Unripe apples are/taste very sour.

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