1. a drunkard; also attrib.
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy I 21: And lately had Poson’d himself, / With bumpers of claret, / No Souse paing for it.|
|Mop Fair 140: An all-night souse without shoes or socks.|
|N.Y. Tribune 23 Feb. 34/1: She was just a lady souse, with [...] a breath like a whiff of sewer gas.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 467: ‘Where to?’ asked a porter. ‘Souse,’ said Billy. ‘I can see that [...] but where you goin’?’.‘The Facts’|
|Metropolitan Hotels 1 Jan. [synd. col.] Souse conventions in every corridor.|
|Hand-made Fables 4: [They] were piling into the high-powered Buzz-Wagons for a Spin out to the Home for Polite Souses.|
|Young Man of Manhattan 221: Hey, wake up, you big souse!|
|Long Day’s Journey into Night Act III: A dumb barmaid, who thought he was a poor crazy souse.|
|Long Good-Bye 19: We had three gimlets, not doubles, and it didn’t do a thing to him. That much would just get a real souse started.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 234: You’d only spend it on spirits, poor souse that you are.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 127: One who is intoxicated with alcohol—a boozehound, rummy, sot, souse, or wino if habituallly so.|
|I, Fatty 263: A fat souse who pumped your hand.|
2. a state of drunkenness.
|Down the Line 106: His chips were all in and he was Simon with the Souse, for sure.|
|Mr. Jackson 55: So he hot footed up the line an’ collected himself one bad souse. He come rollin’ in at daylight, down an’ out.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 5 Mar. 8/1: [He] gets an awful souse at the wedding supper and [...] blabs it all out.|
|You Should Worry cap. 5: Despair would grab him and, like Dike, he'd be Simpson with the souse thing for sure.|
|Speeches of Fuller Durham 8 Aug. [synd. col.] There are tides in the lives of all gents, which, if taken at the flood, lead to an awful souse.|
|Minneapolis Star (MN) 12 Nov. 22/1: ‘Dehorns [...] eat canned heat to get a souse’.|
3. a drinking bout.
|Out for the Coin 52: He gets good and kippered with the souse thing.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 173: ‘You must a-had a souse last night,’ Tom grinned.|
|Two & Three 24 Dec. [synd. col.] The senator from Pennsylvania will object to the senator from the south sleeping off a souse at the Pennsylvania gentleman’s desk.|
|Hooch! 6: Just as soon’s he gets his pay he’s off on a grand souse.|
|Und. Mag. May [Internet] Greetings, Hardhead. Going to shell out like a beer baron on a souse, eh?‘Take ’Im Alive’|
(US) a bar.
|News & Courier (Charleston, SC) 14 Apr. 18/2: I pulled up [...] in a souse mill.|
(orig. US black) a drunkard.
|Fellow Countrymen (1937) 30: Go peddle your fish, you old sousepot.‘Calico Shoes’|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 174: Sousepot Drunkard.|