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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [souuh r, sou-er]
    • /saʊər, ˈsaʊ ər/
    • /ˈsaʊə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [souuh r, sou-er]
    • /saʊər, ˈsaʊ ər/

Definitions of sour word

  • adjective sour having an acid taste, resembling that of vinegar, lemon juice, etc.; tart. 1
  • adjective sour rendered acid or affected by fermentation; fermented. 1
  • adjective sour producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, salt, or sweet. 1
  • adjective sour characteristic of something fermented: a sour smell. 1
  • adjective sour distasteful or disagreeable; unpleasant. 1
  • adjective sour below standard; poor. 1

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Origin of sour

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; (adj. and noun) Middle English sure, soure, Old English sūr (orig. adj.); cognate with German sauer, Dutch zuur, Old Norse sūrr; (v.) Middle English souren, derivative of the adj.

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Parts of speech for Sour


sour popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for sour

adj sour

  • absinthian — a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with wormwood and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most Western countries.
  • acetic — of, containing, producing, or derived from acetic acid or vinegar
  • acidic — Acidic substances contain acid.
  • anti — You can refer to people who are opposed to a particular activity or idea as antis.
  • anti-social — Someone who is anti-social is unwilling to meet and be friendly with other people.

noun sour

  • acidify — to convert into or become acid
  • acidulate — to make slightly acid or sour
  • aftertaste — An aftertaste is a taste that remains in your mouth after you have finished eating or drinking something.
  • clabber — curdled milk
  • curd — The thick white substance which is formed when milk turns sour can be referred to as curds.

verb sour

  • bittered — having a harsh, disagreeably acrid taste, like that of aspirin, quinine, wormwood, or aloes.
  • bittering — having a harsh, disagreeably acrid taste, like that of aspirin, quinine, wormwood, or aloes.
  • bitters — bitter-tasting spirits of varying alcoholic content flavoured with plant extracts
  • break down — If a machine or a vehicle breaks down, it stops working.
  • distempered — Art. a technique of decorative painting in which glue or gum is used as a binder or medium to achieve a mat surface and rapid drying. (formerly) the tempera technique.

adjective sour

  • acerb — bitter or sour
  • acerbic — sour in taste
  • acetose — Sour like vinegar; acetous.
  • acetous — containing, producing, or resembling acetic acid or vinegar
  • acid — An acid is a chemical substance, usually a liquid, which contains hydrogen and can react with other substances to form salts. Some acids burn or dissolve other substances that they come into contact with.

Antonyms for sour

adj sour

  • a-ok — in perfect working order; excellent
  • aok — Alternative spelling of A-okay.
  • aperitive — aperient.
  • candied — Food such as candied fruit has been covered with sugar or has been cooked in sugar syrup.
  • copacetic — very good; excellent; completely satisfactory

verb sour

  • candy-coat — sugarcoat (def 2).
  • candying — any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
  • honied — containing, consisting of, or resembling honey: honeyed drinks.

adjective sour

  • nectarous — of the nature of or resembling nectar.

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