Meaning of SOUR in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ saʊə(r) ]

( sours, souring, soured)


Something that is sour has a sharp, unpleasant taste like the taste of a lemon.

The stewed apple was sour even with honey.


see also sweet and sour


Sour milk is milk that has an unpleasant taste because it is no longer fresh.

≠ fresh



Someone who is sour is bad-tempered and unfriendly.

She made a sour face in his direction...


• sour‧ly

‘Leave my mother out of it,’ he said sourly.

ADV : ADV with v


If a situation or relationship turns sour or goes sour , it stops being enjoyable or satisfactory.

Even the European dream is beginning to turn sour...

Their songs are filled with tales of love gone sour.



If a friendship, situation, or attitude sours or if something sours it, it becomes less friendly, enjoyable, or hopeful.

If anything sours the relationship, it is likely to be real differences in their world-views...

Her mood soured a little.

VERB : V n , V


If you refer to someone’s attitude as sour grapes , you mean that they say that something is worthless or undesirable because they want it themselves but cannot have it.

Page’s response to the suggestion that this might be sour grapes because his company lost the bid is: ‘Life’s too short for that.’

PHRASE [ disapproval ]

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.