Definition of soused in English:



  • 1(of food, especially fish) preserved in a pickling solution or a marinade.

    ‘soused herring’
    • ‘A boned and stuffed quail, on a chestnut and cinnamon risotto with soused figs?’
    • ‘Shredded carrots are soused in soy sauce (and possibly sesame oil) and mixed with sesame seeds, coriander and arame, a Japanese algae seaweed product.’
    • ‘Unlike soused herring, pickled herrings are raw when put into the vinegar and pickling spices.’
    • ‘Yet I had ordered duck pie, alamode beef and soused hog's face as well, apart from the kickshaws.’
    • ‘a preparation of fried fish which has been allowed to cool and is then soused with a hot marinade of vinegar and other ingredients.’
    • ‘Eat the soused herrings cold with plenty of brown bread and butter.’
    • ‘Also unlike soused herring, pickled herring is eaten cold-more like Swedish sushi than anything else, I suppose.’
    • ‘In Europe, thread-like baby eels, or angulas as they are called in Spain are fried, soused with a healthy dose of lemon, and served as a delicate tapas.’
    • ‘But suddenly it sounds like a luscious late - luncheon launchpad: seared lamb kidneys glazed with marsala, pumpkin ravioli and parsley garlic pesto with soused leek.’
    drench, soak, steep, douse, saturate, plunge, immerse, dip, submerge, sink, dunk
    pickled, marinated, soaked, steeped
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  • 2informal Drunk.

    ‘I was soused to the eyeballs’
    • ‘Play the polka to pump up your beer party, and save the waltz for when you're soused.’
    • ‘Last night 2 soused cowpunchers had a real slugging knocking down rolling on the floor fight in the joint next door.’
    • ‘And hell, many people need booze to say hello to someone they like, so it's not surprising some of us need to be soused to let loose in bed.’
    • ‘To gain an Ivy League education while soused suggests a certain intellectual capacity.’
    • ‘Nick, it should be noted, is too soused to walk properly, much less have another drink.’
    • ‘Police handcuffed the soused man and took him to the station for questioning.’
    • ‘Soused patrons sit in the flesh-friendly nightclub's back area, coughing up $20 for lap dances as hip-hop songs blare on the speakers.’
    • ‘One morning before school, I convinced the daughter to get soused on lime vodka.’
    • ‘He mistakes Vernon for an officious bartender, Irving for an interfering fellow john; meanwhile, he gets more soused and the situation more fraught.’
    • ‘Mrs. Marchand was too soused to ask questions of her boarders or recall much information about them.’
    • ‘He had imbibed a lot of beer in two days and was quite soused.’
    • ‘The soused starlet invited a fellow patron to take a hit in the bathroom, but was politely turned down when distinctive white crack smoke billowed from her glass pipe.’
    • ‘He came over, already a little soused, and we just sort of chatted.’
    • ‘Police said they kept the soused Englishman in custody as much for his own safety as that of the public.’
    • ‘The London managers, however, have planned to throw out all soused writers from the new place.’
    • ‘So the evening stretched into the wee hours and fishboy got well soused.’
    • ‘I swiftly become as soused as a herring.’
    • ‘But the soused Frenchman attempted to make a getaway.’
    • ‘They were pouring in from the surrounding villages, going to the fair and getting outrageously soused.’
    • ‘If that many Brits come back from lunch soused, does it affect productivity or performance?’