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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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.
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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), Saterland 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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