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Definition: sour grapes
n : disparagement of something that is unattainable
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Definition: Sour grapes
, n. [OF. grape, crape, bunch or cluster of grapes,
F. grappe, akin to F. grappin grapnel, hook; fr. OHG. chrapfo
hook, G. krapfen, akin to E. cramp. The sense seems to have
come from the idea of clutching. Cf. Agraffe
1. (Bot.) A well-known edible berry growing in pendent
clusters or bunches on the grapevine. The berries are
smooth-skinned, have a juicy pulp, and are cultivated in
great quantities for table use and for making wine and
2. (Bot.) The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.
3. (Man.) A mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.
4. (Mil.) Grapeshot.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Vine borer
(Zo["o]l.), a minute black weevil
) which in the larval state eats
the interior of grapes.
(Bot.), a liliaceous plant (Muscari racemosum
) with small blue globular flowers in a dense
(Bot.), a fungus (Oidium Tuckeri
grapevines; vine mildew.
(Zo["o]l.), a small yellow and red hemipterous
insect, often very injurious to the leaves of the
(Zo["o]l.), a small moth (Eudemis botrana
which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes, and
often binds them together with silk.
Grape of a cannon
, the cascabel or knob at the breech.
. See Glucose
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of the grape moth.
, things which persons affect to despise because
they can not possess them; -- in allusion to [AE]sop's
fable of the fox and the grapes.
, a. [Compar. Sourer
; superl. Sourest
sour, sur, AS. s?r; akin to D. zuur, G. sauer, OHG. s?r,
Icel. s?rr, Sw. sur, Dan. suur, Lith. suras salt, Russ.
surovui harsh, rough. Cf. Sorrel
, the plant.]
1. Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar, and
the juices of most unripe fruits; acid; tart.
All sour things, as vinegar, provoke appetite.
2. Changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or
3. Disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed; peevish;
morose; as, a man of a sour temper; a sour reply. “A sour
He was a scholar . . .
Lofty and sour to them that loved him not,
But to those men that sought him sweet as summer.
4. Afflictive; painful. “Sour adversity.”
5. Cold and unproductive; as, sour land; a sour marsh.
(Bot.), the gourdlike fruit Adansonia Gregorii
, and A. digitata
; also, either of the trees
bearing this fruit. See Adansonia
. See under Grape
(Bot.) See Turelo
(Bot.), the edible acid fruit of an Australian
tree (Owenia venosa
); also, the tree itself, which
furnished a hard reddish wood used by wheelwrights.
Syn: Acid; sharp; tart; acetous; acetose; harsh; acrimonious;
crabbed; currish; peevish.