douse

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish dunsa (to plumb down, fall clumsily), Danish dunse (to thump). Compare Old English dwǣscan (to extinguish) and douse below.

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douse (third-person singular simple present douses, present participle dousing, simple past and past participle doused)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse.
  2. (intransitive) To fall suddenly into water.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hudibras to this entry?)
  3. (transitive) To put out; to extinguish.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English duschen, dusshen (to rush, fall), related to Norwegian dusa (to break, cast down from), Old Dutch doesen (to beat, strike), German dialectal tusen, dusen (to strike, run against, collide), Eastern Frisian dössen (to strike). Compare doss, dust.

Verb[edit]

douse (third-person singular simple present douses, present participle dousing, simple past and past participle doused)

  1. (transitive) To strike.
  2. (transitive, nautical) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.
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Noun[edit]

douse (plural douses)

  1. A blow; stroke.

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