from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids; sharp, tart, or tangy.
- adj. Made acid or rancid by fermentation.
- adj. Having the characteristics of fermentation or rancidity; tasting or smelling of decay.
- adj. Bad-tempered and morose; peevish: a sour temper.
- adj. Displeased with something one formerly admired or liked; disenchanted: sour on ballet.
- adj. Not measuring up to the expected or usual ability or quality; bad.
- adj. Not having the correct or properly produced pitch: a sour note.
- adj. Of or relating to excessively acid soil that is damaging to crops.
- adj. Containing excessive sulfur compounds. Used of gasoline.
- n. The sensation of sour taste, one of the four primary tastes.
- n. Something sour.
- n. A mixed drink made especially with whiskey, lemon or lime juice, sugar, and sometimes soda water.
- transitive v. To make or become sour.
- transitive v. To make or become disagreeable, disillusioned, or disenchanted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having an acidic, sharp or tangy taste.
- adj. Made rancid by fermentation, etc.
- adj. Tasting or smelling rancid.
- adj. Peevish or bad-tempered.
- adj. Excessively acidic and thus infertile.
- adj. Containing excess sulfur.
- adj. Unfortunate or unfavorable.
- n. The sensation of a sour taste.
- n. A drink made with whiskey, lemon or lime juice and sugar.
- n. Any cocktail containing lemon or lime juice.
- v. To make or become sour.
- v. To become disenchanted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar, and the juices of most unripe fruits; acid; tart.
- adj. Changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or musty, turned.
- adj. Disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed; peevish; morose
- adj. Afflictive; painful.
- adj. Cold and unproductive
- n. A sour or acid substance; whatever produces a painful effect.
- transitive v. To cause to become sour; to cause to turn from sweet to sour.
- transitive v. To make cold and unproductive, as soil.
- transitive v. To make unhappy, uneasy, or less agreeable.
- transitive v. To cause or permit to become harsh or unkindly.
- transitive v. To macerate, and render fit for plaster or mortar.
- intransitive v. To become sour; to turn from sweet to sour
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having an acid taste; sharp to the taste; tart; acid; specifically, acid in consequence of fermentation; fermented, and thus spoiled: as, sour bread; sour milk.
- Harsh of temper; crabbed; peevish; austere; morose: as, a man of a sour temper.
- Afflictive; hard to bear; bitter; disagreeable to the feelings; distasteful in any manner.
- Expressing discontent, displeasure, or peevishness: as, a sour word.
- Cold; wet; harsh; unkindly to crops: said of soil.
- Coarse: said of grass.
- Synonyms Acetous, acetose.
- 2 and
- Cross, testy, waspish, snarling, cynical.
- n. Something sour or acid; something bitter or disagreeable.
- n. Dirt; filth.
- n. An acid punch.
- n. In bleaching and dyeing:
- n. A bath of buttermilk or sour milk, or of soured bran or rye-flour, used by primitive bleachers.
- n. A weak solution of sulphuric or hydrochloric acid, used for various purposes. Compare souring, 5.
- To become sour; become acid; acquire the quality of tartness or pungency to the taste, as by fermentation: as, cider sours rapidly in the rays of the sun.
- To become peevish, crabbed, or harsh in temper.
- To become harsh, wet, cold, or unkindly to crops: said of soil.
- To make sour; make acid; cause to have a sharp taste, especially by fermentation.
- To make harsh, crabbed, morose, or bitter in temper; make cross or discontented; embitter; prejudice.
- To make harsh, wet, cold, or unkindly to crops: said of soil.
- In bleaching, etc., to treat with a dilute acid.
- To macerate and render fit for plaster or mortar, as lime.
- Sourly; bitterly.
- n. In drenching or puering skins, the old liquor which has become sour or turned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar
- adj. having a sharp biting taste
- v. go sour or spoil
- adj. smelling of fermentation or staleness
- adj. inaccurate in pitch
- adj. in an unpalatable state
- adj. showing a brooding ill humor
- n. the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
- n. the property of being acidic
- adj. one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons
- v. make sour or more sour
Middle English, from Old English sūr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sour, from Old English sūr ("sour"), from Proto-Germanic *sūraz (“sour”), from Proto-Indo-European *sūr- (“sour (milk)”). Cognate with West Frisian soer, Dutch zuur ("sour"), Low German suur, German sauer ("sour"), Danish and Swedish sur ("sour"), Icelandic súr ("sour, bitter"). (Wiktionary)