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Synonyms for sour
saʊər, ˈsaʊ ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sour(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    tartness, sourness, acidity

    Antonyms:
    tasteless, fragrant, saccharine, sweet, unsoured, sweetish, good-natured, treacly, harmonious, syrupy, cloying, sweeten, dulcify, edulcorate, dulcorate

  2. sour, sourness, tartness(noun)

    the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth

    Synonyms:
    sourness, acrimony, moroseness, sulkiness, bitterness, acidity, tartness, sullenness, jaundice, acerbity, thorniness

    Antonyms:
    unsoured, sweet, tasteless, sweetish, saccharine, good-natured, cloying, harmonious, treacly, fragrant, syrupy, edulcorate, dulcorate, dulcify, sweeten

  3. sourness, sour, acidity(adj)

    the property of being acidic

    Synonyms:
    sourness, moroseness, sulkiness, acidulousness, acidity, tartness, sullenness

    Antonyms:
    treacly, sweet, cloying, sweetish, harmonious, good-natured, tasteless, fragrant, saccharine, unsoured, syrupy, dulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate, sweeten

  4. sour, rancid(adj)

    smelling of fermentation or staleness

    Synonyms:
    off-key, sullen, rancid, off, glowering, morose, dour, dark, false, moody, turned, saturnine, glum

    Antonyms:
    harmonious, cloying, fragrant, tasteless, sweet, treacly, sweetish, unsoured, good-natured, syrupy, saccharine, sweeten, edulcorate, dulcorate, dulcify

  5. sour(adj)

    having a sharp biting taste

    Synonyms:
    off-key, sullen, rancid, off, glowering, morose, dour, dark, false, moody, turned, saturnine, glum

    Antonyms:
    treacly, harmonious, saccharine, fragrant, sweet, syrupy, sweetish, cloying, good-natured, tasteless, unsoured, sweeten, edulcorate, dulcify, dulcorate

  6. sour(adj)

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

    Synonyms:
    off-key, sullen, rancid, off, glowering, morose, dour, dark, false, moody, turned, saturnine, glum

    Antonyms:
    unsoured, treacly, tasteless, cloying, syrupy, sweet, saccharine, fragrant, sweetish, good-natured, harmonious, edulcorate, sweeten, dulcorate, dulcify

  7. off, sour, turned(adj)

    in an unpalatable state

    "sour milk"

    Synonyms:
    cancelled, off-key, sullen, rancid, off, glowering, morose, dour, dark, false, moody, turned, saturnine, glum

    Antonyms:
    syrupy, good-natured, unsoured, harmonious, cloying, saccharine, treacly, fragrant, sweetish, sweet, tasteless, dulcify, sweeten, dulcorate, edulcorate

  8. false, off-key, sour(adj)

    inaccurate in pitch

    "a false (or sour) note"; "her singing was off key"

    Synonyms:
    off-key, fake, saturnine, turned, mistaken, imitation, delusive, fictive, morose, simulated, put on, dark, off, false, moody, assumed, rancid, dour, sullen, faux, fictitious, sham, glowering, pretended, glum, untrue

    Antonyms:
    cloying, tasteless, harmonious, saccharine, good-natured, unsoured, treacly, sweet, fragrant, sweetish, syrupy, dulcorate, edulcorate, dulcify, sweeten

  9. dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen(verb)

    showing a brooding ill humor

    "a 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"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd"

    Synonyms:
    pertinacious, heavy, forbidding, glum, sullen, dogged, dark, moody, non-white, temperamental, threatening, coloured, disconsolate, dark-skinned, black, gloomy, drear, benighted, off, blue, glowering, obscure, sinister, turned, grim, saturnine, tenacious, off-key, dour, false, unyielding, sorry, drab, dingy, dreary, dismal, persistent, lowering, rancid, morose

    Antonyms:
    treacly, saccharine, cloying, tasteless, good-natured, fragrant, syrupy, sweet, sweetish, harmonious, unsoured, sweeten, dulcorate, dulcify, edulcorate

  10. sour, turn, ferment, work(verb)

    go sour or spoil

    "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

    Synonyms:
    knead, bend, operate, wrick, process, work, deform, shape, change state, figure out, move around, twist, work out, release, run, wreak, function, rick, call on, acidify, lick, forge, solve, flex, act, wrench, become, form, plow, acetify, mould, exploit, go, grow, sprain, play, do work, make for, mold, bring, change by reversal, puzzle out, put to work, turn over, reverse, crop, exercise, ferment, cultivate, work on, act upon, turn, influence, acidulate, plough, make

    Antonyms:
    harmonious, tasteless, cloying, good-natured, saccharine, treacly, unsoured, fragrant, sweetish, syrupy, sweet, sweeten, edulcorate, dulcorate, dulcify

  11. sour, acidify, acidulate, acetify(verb)

    make sour or more sour

    Synonyms:
    acidulate, acidify, turn, ferment, acetify, work

    Antonyms:
    cloying, sweetish, good-natured, syrupy, tasteless, harmonious, saccharine, treacly, fragrant, sweet, unsoured, sweeten, edulcorate, dulcorate, dulcify

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sour

    Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon-juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter. Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE.

    Synonyms:
    acerb, acetous, acid, acidulated, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, biting, bitter, caustic, cutting, harsh, irate, pungent, savage, sharp, stinging, tart, vinegarish, virulent

    Antonyms:
    dulcet, honeyed, luscious, nectared, saccharine, sweet

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sour

    Synonyms:
    tart, rancid, coagulated, turned, harsh, crabbed, austere, morose, pungent, crusty, acid, churlish, bitter, acetous, acrimonious, peevish

    Antonyms:
    sweet, wholesome, untainted, mellow, genial, kindly

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sour(a.)

    Synonyms:
    acid, tart, pricked

  2. sour(a.)

    Synonyms:
    cross, crabbed, morose, surly, testy, touchy, cantankerous, crusty, fretful, peevish, petulant, pettish, snappish, waspish, snarling, cynical, froward, uncivil, rude, rough, harsh, ill-tempered, ill-natured

  3. sour(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    make acid, turn sour

  4. sour(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    imbitter, make cross

  5. sour(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    turn sour, become acid

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sour(a)

    Synonyms:
    acid, tart, acetose, acerbitous, acrid, rancid, musty, curdled, loppered, imbittered, morose, misanthropic, unamiable, dour, cynical, surly, grum, austere, crabbed, cross

  2. sour(v)

    Synonyms:
    curdle, acidify, lopper, spoil, acidulate, imbitter, embitter

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    vinegar, crema, acid, bitter, sulphurous, corrosive, tyre

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How to use sour in a sentence?

  1. Giovanni Digliardi:

    To be honest, Fernet isn't a proper drink like caipirinha or pisco sour.

  2. Hikaru Sato:

    Though the Nikkei has recovered a bit since the bottom hit on Brexit, market sentiment is still sour.

  3. Chihiro Ohta:

    The mood was already sour in the morning but it deteriorated after Chinese shares reacted to the news. This pushed investors to hedge against further drops by selling futures.

  4. Pearl Bailey:

    There is a period of life when we swallow knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.

  5. Zelda:

    Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.


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