how to pronounce sour


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the above transcription of sour is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

sour is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of sour in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… this crisis could sour the UK China …”

meanings of sour


  1. Off-pitch, out of tune.
  2. Tasting or smelling rancid.
  3. Made rancid by fermentation, etc.
  4. Having an acidic, sharp or tangy taste.
  5. Excessively acidic and thus infertile.
  6. Unfortunate or unfavorable.
  7. Containing excess sulfur.
  8. Peevish or bad-tempered.


  1. To process (fabric) after bleaching, using hydrochloric acid or sulphuric acid to wash out the lime.
  2. To make sour.
  3. To make (soil) cold and unproductive.
  4. To macerate (lime) and render it fit for plaster or mortar.
  5. To become sour.
  6. To spoil or mar; to make disenchanted.
  7. To become disenchanted.


  1. The acidic solution used in souring fabric.
  2. A drink made with whiskey, lemon or lime juice and sugar.
  3. A sour or acid substance; whatever produces a painful effect.
  4. The sensation of a sour taste.
  5. Any cocktail containing lemon or lime juice.

sour frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word sour occurs in english on average 6.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics sour can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that sour can be often used in the following areas:

1) food and health;

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