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English adjective: sour

1. sour smelling of fermentation or staleness


Synonymsrancid


Similarill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling


Antonymsfragrant

2. sour having a sharp biting taste


Similaracerb, acerbic, acetose, acetous, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, astringent, lemonlike, lemony, sourish, subacid, tangy, tart, vinegarish, vinegary


See alsodry, soured, tasty


Antonymssweet

3. sour one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons


Similartasty


Antonymstasteless

4. sour in an unpalatable state


SamplesSour milk.


Synonymsoff, turned


Similarsoured


Antonymsunsoured

5. sour inaccurate in pitch


SamplesA false (or sour) note.
Her singing was off key.


Synonymsfalse, off-key


Similarinharmonious, unharmonious


Antonymsharmonious

6. sour showing a brooding ill humor


SamplesA dark scowl.
The proverbially dour New England Puritan.
A glum, hopeless shrug.
He sat in moody silence.
A morose and unsociable manner.
A saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius.
A sour temper.
A sullen crowd.


Synonymsdark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sullen


Similarill-natured


Antonymsgood-natured


English noun: sour

1. sour (food) a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar


Broader (hypernym)cocktail


Narrower (hyponym)whiskey sour, whisky sour

2. sour (cognition) the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth


Synonymssourness, tartness


Broader (hypernym)gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation


Narrower (hyponym)acidity, acidulousness

3. sour (attribute) the property of being acidic


Synonymsacidity, sourness


Broader (hypernym)taste property


Narrower (hyponym)acerbity, tartness, vinegariness, vinegarishness


English verb: sour

1. sour (change) go sour or spoil


SamplesThe milk has soured.
The wine worked.
The cream has turned--we have to throw it out.


Synonymsferment, turn, work


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Verb groupferment, work

2. sour (perception) make sour or more sour


Synonymsacetify, acidify, acidulate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change taste


Antonymsdulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate, sweeten









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