douse

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: daus, IPA(key): /daʊs/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊs

Etymology 1[edit]

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

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Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1999, Arthur D. Jacobs, The Prison Called Hohenasperg
      The man who doused the fire was told to put the remainder of the coal into the bucket and then give the bucket to the soldier.
    • Kelly Henderson, Your Mythic Spirit Guide: Spirituality for a Creative Life
      Once you feel confident in your visualizations, you may douse the candle by blowing it out.
Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

douse (plural douses)

  1. A sudden plunging into water.
    • 1911, Cyphers Series on Practical Poultry Keeping (issue 1, page 74)
      In winter a douse in cold water helps the looks and adds to the style of the carcass, but they should be thoroughly dried before packing.

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), dialectal German tusen, dusen (to strike, run against, collide), Saterland Frisian dössen (to strike). Compare doss, dust.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To strike, beat, or thrash.
  2. (transitive, nautical) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly
    Douse the topsail!
Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

douse (plural douses)

  1. A blow or stroke, especially to the face.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

douse

  1. Alternative form of douce