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douse (v.)

1550s, "to strike, punch," which is perhaps from Middle Dutch dossen "beat forcefully" or a similar Low German word. Meaning "to strike or lower (a sail) in haste" is recorded from 1620s; that of "to extinguish (a light)" is slang from 1785; perhaps influenced by dout (1520s), an obsolete contraction of do out (compare doff, don).

OED and Century Dictionary regard the meaning "to thrust or plunge into water, to throw water over" (c. 1600) as a separate word, of unknown origin (perhaps Scandinavian), though admitting there may be a connection of some sort. Wedgwood thinks this word imitative of the sound of the action. Related: Doused; dousing.

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Definitions of douse from WordNet

douse (v.)
put out, as of a candle or a light;
Synonyms: put out
douse (v.)
wet thoroughly;
Synonyms: dowse
douse (v.)
dip into a liquid;
Synonyms: dip / duck
douse (v.)
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate;
Synonyms: dunk / dip / souse / plunge
douse (v.)
lower quickly;
douse a sail
douse (v.)
slacken;
douse a rope
Synonyms: dowse
douse (v.)
cover with liquid; pour liquid onto;
Synonyms: drench / dowse / soak / sop / souse
From wordnet.princeton.edu