What does sour mean?

Definitions for soursaʊər, ˈsaʊ ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sour.

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


  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

  13. Origin: [AS. srian to sour, to become sour.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sour

    sowr, adj. having a pungent, acid taste: turned, as milk: rancid: crabbed or peevish in temper: bitter: cold and wet, as soil.—v.t. to make sour or acid: to make cross, peevish, or discontented.—v.i. to become sour or acid: to become peevish or crabbed.—n. Sour′-crout (see Sauer-kraut).—adj. Sour′-eyed, morose-looking.—ns. Sour′-gourd, the cream-of-tartar tree; Sour′ing, vinegar: the crab-apple: the process in bleaching fabrics that follows the treatment with bleaching-powder, consisting in treatment of the fabric with hydrochloric or sulphuric acid, so as to wash out the lime.—adj. Sour′ish, somewhat sour.—adv. Sour′ly, in a sour manner: with acidity: with acrimony: discontentedly.—ns. Sour′ness, the state of being sour: acidity: peevishness: discontent; Sour′-sop, a tree of tropical America and its fruit, closely allied to the custard-apple: (prov.) an ill-natured person. [A.S. súr; Ger. sauer, Ice. súrr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. sour

    A specific type of taste created and formulated by a food manufacturer or food processor to give a defined taste to a type of confectionery, drink or food.

    Different types of confectionery, drinks and food have a sour taste to them, this is created by the manufacturer according to a specific formula.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sour in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aesop:

    I am sure the grapes are sour.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    The cream rises to the top, even if sour.

  3. Samuel Goldwyn:

    You've got to take the bitter with the sour.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Every sweet has its sour every evil its good.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.

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