US: /ˈsaʊɝ/, /ˈsaʊɹ/
UK: /sˈa‍ʊ‍ə/

English Vietnamese dictionary

sour /'sauə/
  • tính từ
    • chua
      • sour apples: táo chua (vì còn xanh)
    • chua, bị chua, lên men (bánh sữa)
    • ẩm, ướt (đất); ấm là lạnh (thời tiết)
    • hay cáu bắn, khó tính
    • chanh chua
    • (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ) tồi, kém
      • his game has gone sour: lối chơi của hắn đâm tồi ra
    • sour grapes
      • (xem) grape
  • ngoại động từ
    • trở nên chua, lên men

Advanced English dictionary

adjective, verb
+ adjective
1 having a bitter taste like the taste of a lemon or of fruit that is not ripe: sour apples + a sour flavour
Antonym: SWEET
2 (especially of milk) having an unpleasant taste or smell because it is not fresh: to turn / go sour + sour milk / cream + a sour smell
3 (of people) not cheerful; bad-tempered and unpleasant: a sour and disillusioned woman + a sour face / smile + The meeting ended on a sour note with several people walking out.
sourly adverb: 'Who asked you?' he said sourly.
sourness noun [U]: the sourness of the fruit + his increasing sourness
Idioms: go / turn sour to stop being pleasant or satisfactory: Their relationship soon went sour.
sour grapes (saying) used to show that you think sb is jealous and is pretending that sth is not important: He said he didn't want the job anyway, but that's just sour grapes.
+ verb
1 (of relationships, attitudes, people, etc.) to change so that they become less pleasant or friendly than before; to make sth do this: [V] The atmosphere at the house soured. + [VN] The disagreement over trade tariffs has soured relations between the two countries.
2 [V, VN] if milk sours or if sth sours it, it becomes sour and has an unpleasant taste or smell

Thesaurus dictionary

1 acid, acidic, tart, vinegary, lemony, acidulous or acidulent, acidulated, acescent, acerbic:
This apple has a pleasant, slightly sour taste. Do you like sour dill pickles?
2 turned, bad, (gone) off, fermented, curdled, rancid, spoilt or spoiled:
If the food is sour, throw it away.
3 disagreeable, unpleasant, distasteful, bad, nasty, bitter, terrible:
The poor service and facilities made the entire holiday a very sour experience.
4 acrimonious, bitter, embittered, unpleasant, churlish, ill-natured, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, crusty, curmudgeonly, crabbed, crabby, grouchy, cross, cranky, testy, petulant, impatient, abrupt, nasty, curt, caustic, brusque, peevish, snappish, edgy, sullen, morose, gloomy, discontented:
The waitress's sour expression matched her sour disposition.
5 turn, spoil, curdle, go bad or off, ferment:
Milk sours quickly in this climate if you don't refrigerate it.
6 embitter, acerbate, disenchant, exasperate, vex, Colloq peeve:
Being forced to practise for hours when a child was what soured my enjoyment of playing the piano.

Collocation dictionary

1 having a sharp taste


be, taste
The sauce tasted very sour.


extremely, very | a bit, quite, rather, slightly

2 not fresh


be, smell, taste
The milk smelled sour.
| go, turn
By the next day the wine had turned sour.


very | a bit, rather, slightly

3 bad-tempered


be | go, grow, turn | a bit, a little, rather, slightly, somewhat
Their friendship has turned a little sour.


extremely, really, very

Concise English dictionary

+a cocktail made of a liquor (especially whiskey or gin) mixed with lemon or lime juice and sugar
+the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
+the property of being acidic
+go sour or spoil
+make sour or more sour
+smelling of fermentation or staleness
+having a sharp biting taste
+one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of vinegar or lemons
+in an unpalatable state
+inaccurate in pitch
+showing a brooding ill humor