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See also: sôs, söss, and SOS's


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English sosse, sos, soos ‎(hounds' meat; a mess of food), of uncertain origin. See sesspool.

Alternative forms[edit]


soss ‎(plural sosses)

  1. (Britain, dialect) Anything dirty or muddy; a dirty puddle.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare souse.


soss ‎(third-person singular simple present sosses, present participle sossing, simple past and past participle sossed)

  1. To fall suddenly into a chair or seat; to sit lazily.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
  2. To throw in a negligent or careless manner; to toss.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)


soss ‎(plural sosses)

  1. (obsolete) A lazy fellow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cotgrave to this entry?)
  2. A heavy fall.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



From Old High German sus. Cognate with German sonst.




  1. otherwise
  2. usually
  3. elsewhere



  1. otherwise, or else
    Du muss dech fläissen, soss verpass du den Zuch.
    You must hurry up, or else you will miss the train.