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Definition of SOUR

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Sour \Sour\, v. t. [AS. s?rian to sour, to become sour.]
     1. To cause to become sour; to cause to turn from sweet to sour; as, exposure to the air sours many substances. [1913 Webster]

              So the sun's heat, with different powers, Ripens the grape, the liquor sours.   --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     2. To make cold and unproductive, as soil. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

     3. To make unhappy, uneasy, or less agreeable. [1913 Webster]

              To sour your happiness I must report, The queen is dead.                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. To cause or permit to become harsh or unkindly. "Souring his cheeks." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Pride had not sour'd nor wrath debased my heart.
                                                    --Harte. [1913 Webster]

     5. To macerate, and render fit for plaster or mortar; as, to sour lime for business purposes. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sour \Sour\, a. [Compar. {Sourer}; superl. {Sourest}.] [OE. sour, sur, AS. s?r; akin to D. zuur, G. sauer, OHG. s?r, Icel. s?rr, Sw. sur, Dan. suur, Lith. suras salt, Russ. surovui harsh, rough. Cf. {Sorrel}, the plant.]
     1. Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar, and the juices of most unripe fruits; acid; tart. [1913 Webster]

              All sour things, as vinegar, provoke appetite.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     2. Changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or musty, turned. [1913 Webster]

     3. Disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed; peevish; morose; as, a man of a sour temper; a sour reply. "A sour countenance." --Swift. [1913 Webster]

              He was a scholar . . .
              Lofty and sour to them that loved him not, But to those men that sought him sweet as summer.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. Afflictive; painful. "Sour adversity." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     5. Cold and unproductive; as, sour land; a sour marsh. [1913 Webster]

     {Sour dock} (Bot.), sorrel.

     {Sour gourd} (Bot.), the gourdlike fruit {Adansonia Gregorii}, and {Adansonia digitata}; also, either of the trees bearing this fruit. See {Adansonia}.

     {Sour grapes}. See under {Grape}.

     {Sour gum} (Bot.) See {Turelo}.

     {Sour plum} (Bot.), the edible acid fruit of an Australian tree ({Owenia venosa}); also, the tree itself, which furnished a hard reddish wood used by wheelwrights. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Acid; sharp; tart; acetous; acetose; harsh; acrimonious; crabbed; currish; peevish. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sour \Sour\, n.
     A sour or acid substance; whatever produces a painful effect.
     --Spenser.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sour \Sour\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Soured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Souring}.] To become sour; to turn from sweet to sour; as, milk soon sours in hot weather; a kind temper sometimes sours in adversity. [1913 Webster]

           They keep out melancholy from the virtuous, and hinder the hatred of vice from souring into severity.
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

247 Moby Thesaurus words for "sour":
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