Mouse vs Souse - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between mouse and souse

is that mouse is any small rodent of the genus mus 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 mouse and souse

is that mouse is to move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around ) while souse is to immerse in liquid; to steep or drench or souse can be to strike, beat.

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  • Any small rodent of the genus Mus .
  • *
  • *:At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
  • (lb) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent.
  • A quiet or shy person.
  • (lb) (plural'' mice''' ''or, rarely,'' ' mouses ) An input device that is moved over a pad or other flat surface to produce a corresponding movement of a pointer on a graphical display.
  • (lb) Hematoma.
  • (lb) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out.
  • (lb)
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • A match used in firing guns or blasting.
  • (lb) A small model of (a fragment of) (Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory) with desirable properties (depending on the context).
  • Hypernyms

    * (small rodent) rodent

    Coordinate terms

    * (small rodent) rat * (input device) joystick, trackpad, trackball, pointing stick

    Derived terms

    * (as) quiet as a mouse * cat and mouse * church mouse * deer mouse * dormouse * fieldmouse * house mouse * kangaroo mouse * mouseable, mousable * mouse button * mouse click * mouse-ear * mouse mat * mouse pad * mouser * mousetrap * mousy * optical mouse * play cat and mouse * poor as a church mouse * when the cat's away the mice will play


  • To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around ).
  • To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats.
  • (nautical) To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire.
  • Captain Higgins moused the hook with a bit of marline to prevent the block beckets from falling out under slack.
  • (computing) To navigate by means of a computer mouse.
  • * 1988 , MacUser: Volume 4
  • I had just moused to the File menu and the pull-down menu repeated the menu bar's hue a dozen shades lighter.
  • * 2009 , Daniel Tunkelang, Faceted Search (page 35)
  • Unlike the Flamenco work, the Relation Browser allows users to quickly explore a document space using dynamic queries issued by mousing over facet elements in the interface.
  • (obsolete, nonce, transitive) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.
  • * Shakespeare
  • [Death] mousing the flesh of men.

    Derived terms

    * mouse around * mouse over * mouser

    See also

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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (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


  • 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).


    (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.


  • 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)).


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