Louse vs Souse - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between louse and souse

is that louse is a small parasitic wingless insect of the order phthiraptera while souse is something kept or steeped in brine or souse can be the act of sousing, or swooping or souse can be (label) sou (the french coin).

As verbs the difference between louse and souse

is that louse is to remove lice from the body of a person or animal; to delouse while souse is to immerse in liquid; to steep or drench or souse can be to strike, beat.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

louse

English

(wikipedia louse)

Noun

(en-noun)
  • A small parasitic wingless insect of the order Phthiraptera .
  • (colloquial, dated, not usually used in plural form) A contemptible person; one who has recently taken an action considered deceitful or indirectly harmful.
  • Synonyms

    * (insect) (North America) cootie * (contemptible person) maggot, worm

    Derived terms

    * body louse * booklouse * crab louse * head louse * louser * lousy * pubic louse * sea louse * three skips of a louse

    Verb

    (lous)
  • To remove lice from the body of a person or animal; to delouse.
  • Synonyms

    * delouse

    souse

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something kept or steeped in brine
  • # The pickled ears, feet, etc., of swine.
  • #* (and other bibliographic details) Tusser
  • And he that can rear up a pig in his house, / Hath cheaper his bacon, and sweeter his souse .
  • ## (US, Appalachian) Pickled scrapple.
  • ## (Caribbean) Pickled or boiled ears and feet of a pig
  • # A pickle made with salt.
  • # The ear; especially, a hog's ear.
  • The act of sousing; a plunging into water.
  • A person suffering from the disease of alcoholism.
  • See also
    * (food) brawn, budin, haggis, head cheese, pudding, sausage, scrapple

    Verb

    (sous)
  • To immerse in liquid; to steep or drench.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) Addison
  • They soused me over head and ears in water.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) Gascoigne
  • although I be well soused in this shower
  • *1913 , , (Sons and Lovers) ,
  • *:As she heard him sousing heartily in cold water, heard the eager scratch of the steel comb on the side of the bowl, as he wetted his hair, she closed her eyes in disgust.
  • Derived terms

    * soused

    Etymology 2

    Obscure origin. Compare Middle German sûs (noise).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of sousing, or swooping.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) (Spenser)
  • As a falcon fair / That once hath failed or her souse full near.
  • A heavy blow.
  • * 1596 , Spencer, Fairie Queene
  • His murdrous mace he vp did reare, That seemed nought the souse thereof could beare.

    Verb

    (sous)
  • to strike, beat
  • to fall heavily
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.4:
  • Him so transfixed she before her bore / Beyond his croupe, the length of all her launce; / Till, sadly soucing on the sandy shore, / He tombled on an heape, and wallowd in his gore.
  • * (and other bibliographic details) J. Dryden. Jr.
  • Jove's bird will souse upon the tim'rous hare.
  • to pounce upon
  • * (and other bibliographic details) (Shakespeare)
  • [The gallant monarch] like eagle o'er his serie towers, / To souse annoyance that comes near his nest.

    Etymology 3

    (plural of (m)).

    Noun

  • (label) sou (the French coin)
  • (label) A small amount
  • Anagrams

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