- 1Having an acid taste like lemon or vinegar: she sampled the wine and found it was sourMore example sentences
- Without getting into a lot of complicated chemistry, acids are substances that taste sour, such as vinegar or lemon juice.
- Symptoms of heartburn include excessive burping, pain in the chest area, acid regurgitation, a sour taste, and bad breath.
- The sour taste of a lemon cannot be distinguished from that of vinegar, yet when you proceed to open your nose and inhale, you can sense the specific flavor of lemon.
- 1.1(Of food, especially milk) spoiled because of fermentation.More example sentences
- I didn't want Maria getting all mad at me in the morning cause the milk and cream were sour.
- Now, unless I get it washed, it's gonna stink of sour milk forever.
- This is the ultimate bachelor's pad, right down to the sour milk.
- 1.2Having a rancid smell: her breath was always sourMore example sentences
- The winds have picked up a bit, swirling the sour smell of privet blossoms around me, bringing on another bout of sneezing.
- Occasionally a sour smell from his doorway made me catch my breath.
- To reawaken memories of Miller's, the neighborhood delicatessen of my childhood, I need only the smell of sour pickles in a barrel.
- 2Feeling or expressing resentment, disappointment, or anger: she was quite a different woman from the sour, bored creature I had knownMore example sentences
- Getting nervous that the year is about to end on a sour note, housebuilders make a last-minute bid to entice visitors to show homes and offer incentives.
- The fee struck a sour note with some supporters, particularly given the strong tradition of free festival entertainment.
- On a sour note, however, a small minority are intent on putting the future of the lake in jeopardy by their illegal actions.
- 3(Of soil) deficient in lime and usually dank.More example sentences
- Our soil is on the sour side and lays wet in spots, as the old-timers say.
- Direct chopping and ensiling this wet corn can cause heavy seepage and a sour silage.
- 4(Of petroleum or natural gas) containing a relatively high sulfur content.More example sentences
- This risked individuals working on the platform being exposed to the toxic gas, hydrogen sulphide and excessive quantities of sour gas being allowed into the atmosphere.
- When a sour gas well is ignited, hydrogen sulphide is transformed into sulphur dioxide, which is less immediately dangerous, but still toxic.
- Work is underway to develop a comprehensive human health and air quality monitoring system and clinical practice guidelines for sour gas exposure.
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- A drink made by mixing an alcoholic beverage with lemon juice or lime juice: a rum sourMore example sentences
- A locally famous drink is the anise seed based raki, and brandy sour is another favorite with the Turkish Cypriots.
- A favorite drink is pisco sour, in which pisco is served with lemon juice, sugar, beaten egg whites, and ice.
- She took a drink of her vodka sour, then looked out over the club, her eyes widening.
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- 1Make or become sour: [with object]: water soured with tamarind (as adjective soured) soured cream [no object]: a bowl of milk was souring in the sunMore example sentences
- Aftershocks, rain and landslides are hampering aid efforts and souring drinking water, but survivors want more from authorities.
- Smetana had to be made immediately before use, since it took only a few hours for the bacteria in the sour cream to sour the fresh cream completely.
- Good though the matching of crumbly, flaking croissant with hot sticky apples and cold, slightly soured cream is, you may want to gild the lily.
- 1.1Make or become unpleasant, acrimonious, or difficult: [with object]: a dispute soured relations between the two countries for over a year [no object]: many friendships have soured over borrowed moneyMore example sentences
- Relations soured after border disputes and clashes between troops followed by a war of words in which each accused the other of threatening security.
- The break-up was extremely acrimonious and relations between them further soured as he accused her of stealing his press from the film.
- The two were once friends, but their relations soured in recent years.
go (or turn) sour
- Become less pleasant or attractive; turn out badly: the case concerns a property deal that turned sourMore example sentences
- By January of this year, however, the whole deal was beginning to turn sour.
- But later, these relationships begin to turn sour.
- But what initially seems to be the ultimate lucky escape turns sour when the survivors begin to die, one by one, in gruesome and unexpected ways.
- Used to refer to an attitude in which someone adopts a negative attitude to something because they cannot have it themselves: government officials dismissed many of the complaints as sour grapes[with allusion to Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes]More example sentences
- There were no regrets, no complaints, not even a whiff of sour grapes.
- The ones who are honest have had to watch the cheats claiming medals and any complaint is made to look like sour grapes.
- The reality is she's articulate and she's composed, and apparently some people tonight have sour grapes.
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- White rice will come out greenish and have a sourish aftertaste; black rice should produce a juicy tapé.
- You can substitute the redcurrants with some other sourish fruits available.
- The fruit is globose, red, sourish, not bitter.
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- Some are gushingly optimistic and others sourly skeptical, but most acknowledge that it is exciting to be an Indian today.
- A few will linger sourly on the back benches, living with their grudges while adding to their parliamentary pensions.
- Dumas's novel mixes operatic themes with the odd sourly realistic vignette.
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- Earlier, astringency had been considered as one of the primary taste sensations, like sweetness, sourness, and particularly bitterness with which it has often been confused.
- It is essential to use the best-quality ingredients for this starter, as the bitterness of a good extra-virgin olive oil and the sourness of the lemon juice bring out the sweet flavour in the fennel.
- In traditional Chinese medicine, the pulp and juice of the pomelo, which taste sweet with a hint of sourness, are good for the throat, stomach and spleen.
Old English sūr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zuur and German sauer.