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sour

sour

 
 
pronunciation:
saUr
parts of speech:
adjective, verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: sourer, sourest
definition 1: having a tart or acid taste like lemon juice or vinegar.
The limes were sour enough to pucker my mouth.
synonyms:
acid, tart
antonyms:
sweet
similar words:
pungent, sharp
definition 2: having become acid or spoiled.
We had to throw out the sour milk.
synonyms:
fermented, turned
antonyms:
fresh
similar words:
bad, off, spoiled
definition 3: bitter, unhappy, or otherwise in a bad mood.
Losing the kite put a sour expression on his face.
synonyms:
bitter, sullen
antonyms:
amiable
similar words:
disagreeable, grouchy, nasty, unpleasant
definition 4: not up to the usual standard; poor.
His bowling was sour last night.
synonyms:
poor
similar words:
inferior
definition 5: harshly off pitch.
She's not a terrible singer, but she does hit some sour notes now and then.
similar words:
flat, off
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: soured, souring, sours
definition 1: to become or cause to become sour in taste or smell.
The milk soured quickly on the hot day.
synonyms:
ferment, turn
definition 2: to become or cause to become bitter, unhappy, or uninterested.
Her mood soured whenever she thought about her taxes.
derivations: sourish (adj.), sourly (adv.), sourness (n.)
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