What does sourness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sour, sourness, tartnessnoun

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

  2. sourness, sour, aciditynoun

    the property of being acidic

  3. sulkiness, sullenness, moroseness, sournessnoun

    a sullen moody resentful disposition


  1. sournessnoun

    The quality or condition of being sour, usually said of human personalities.

    1811 Mrs. Ferrars was a little, thin woman, upright, even to formality, in her figure, and serious, even to sourness , in her aspect. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 2.1.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sournessnoun

    Etymology: from sour.

    Sourness consisteth in some grossness of the body, and incorporation doth make the mixture of the body more equal, which induceth a milder taste. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    I’ th’ Spring, like youth, it yields an acid taste;
    But Summer doth, like age, the sourness waste. John Denham.

    He knew
    For fruit the grafted pear-tree to dispose,
    And tame to plumbs the sourness of the sloes. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Of acid or sour one has a notion from taste, sourness being one of those simple ideas which one cannot describe. Arbuthn.

    Has life no sourness, drawn so near its end? Alexander Pope.

    Pelagius carped at the curious neatness of mens apparel in those days, and, through the sourness of his disposition, spoke somewhat too hardly thereof. Richard Hooker.

    He was never thought to be of that superstitious sourness, which some men pretend to in religion. Charles I .

    Her religion is equally free from the weakness of superstition and the sourness of enthusiasm: it is not of an uncomfortable melancholy nature. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.


  1. sourness

    The gustatory system or sense of taste is the sensory system that is partially responsible for the perception of taste (flavor). Taste is the perception produced or stimulated when a substance in the mouth reacts chemically with taste receptor cells located on taste buds in the oral cavity, mostly on the tongue. Taste, along with olfaction and trigeminal nerve stimulation (registering texture, pain, and temperature), determines flavors of food and other substances. Humans have taste receptors on taste buds and other areas, including the upper surface of the tongue and the epiglottis. The gustatory cortex is responsible for the perception of taste. The tongue is covered with thousands of small bumps called papillae, which are visible to the naked eye. Within each papilla are hundreds of taste buds. The exception to this is the filiform papillae that do not contain taste buds. There are between 2000 and 5000 taste buds that are located on the back and front of the tongue. Others are located on the roof, sides and back of the mouth, and in the throat. Each taste bud contains 50 to 100 taste receptor cells. Taste receptors in the mouth sense the five taste modalities: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and savoriness (also known as savory or umami). Scientific experiments have demonstrated that these five tastes exist and are distinct from one another. Taste buds are able to distinguish between different tastes through detecting interaction with different molecules or ions. Sweet, savoriness, and bitter tastes are triggered by the binding of molecules to G protein-coupled receptors on the cell membranes of taste buds. Saltiness and sourness are perceived when alkali metal or hydrogen ions enter taste buds, respectively.The basic taste modalities contribute only partially to the sensation and flavor of food in the mouth—other factors include smell, detected by the olfactory epithelium of the nose; texture, detected through a variety of mechanoreceptors, muscle nerves, etc.; temperature, detected by thermoreceptors; and "coolness" (such as of menthol) and "hotness" (pungency), through chemesthesis. As the gustatory system senses both harmful and beneficial things, all basic taste modalities are classified as either aversive or appetitive, depending upon the effect the things they sense have on the body. Sweetness helps to identify energy-rich foods, while bitterness serves as a warning sign of poisons.Among humans, taste perception begins to fade at an older age because of loss of tongue papillae and a general decrease in saliva production. Humans can also have distortion of tastes (dysgeusia). Not all mammals share the same taste modalities: some rodents can taste starch (which humans cannot), cats cannot taste sweetness, and several other carnivores including hyenas, dolphins, and sea lions, have lost the ability to sense up to four of their ancestral five taste modalities.


  1. sourness

    Sourness is the taste sensation experienced when consuming foods or drinks with a high level of acidity, such as lemons, vinegar, and certain fermented products. It is one of the five basic tastes recognized by our taste buds, along with sweetness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami. Additionally, it can also refer to a feeling of disappointment, resentment, or bitterness in various contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sournessnoun

    the quality or state of being sour

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sourness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sourness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sourness in a Sentence

  1. Alex Acker:

    It's an un-hopped beer and a unique recipe that we wanted to stay true to, without the hops in there and with these other unusual ingredients, you get a starchy, grainy flavor and aroma with a bit of sourness, almost like an ancient berliner weisse.

  2. Detroit Lions:

    I think to sum it up, like I said, it’ll be fun to see all of those people and it’ll be fun to be there, and of course you’re motivated. Of course, you have the chip on your shoulder, I’ve spoken about that. There was some disrespect felt toward the end. There was some sourness there toward the end and you still feel that. You still have that chip on your shoulder.

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  • αγουράδα, αγουρίλα, ξινίλα, δυστροπία, στρυφνότηταGreek
  • happamuusFinnish
  • სიმჟავეGeorgian
  • zerpte, zuurteDutch

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