What does the word souse mean?

Usage examples for souse

  1. You get up in a tree for a few apples, with plenty of money to buy them if you like- you are kept there by a dog- you are nearly gored by a bull- you are stung by the bees, and you tumble souse into a well, and are nearly killed a dozen times, and all for a few apples not worth twopence. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
  2. In the times when I had, practically, two guardians- though only Dr. Maryland held the position officially- when there was nobody at Chickaree, I used to go nutting in your woods and fishing in the same brook which will, I hope, give me some trout to- day; and when I was thoroughly wetted with a souse in the water, or had torn my clothes half off my back in climbing to the tops of the trees, I used to carry my fish ad my difficulties to Mrs. Bywank. – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner