Meaning of douce in English:


Pronunciation /duːs/


mainly Scottish
  • Sober and sedate.

    ‘stories which would have outraged their douce minds’
    • ‘In douce Edinburgh, though, I noted the reason that betting shops will never go away: two grown men roaring at the screen as their fancies competed in a race 400 miles away.’
    • ‘In the douce world of English cricket, mind you, a raised eyebrow or overly-penetrating stare at an umpire can invoke disgusted letters to the broadsheets.’
    • ‘Filled with almost 300 neo-classical monuments, it is avowedly anti-modernist, its douce landscape and harmonious architecture luring in the audience before hitting them with unexpected, pithy punchlines.’
    • ‘By the late 20th century, one strain of Scottish art had a reputation for being easily accessible, comfortable, douce.’
    • ‘First, the douce residents of the New Town complained that giant wheelie bins planned for their streets were just too unsightly to be tolerated.’
    serious, sensible, solemn, thoughtful, grave, sombre, severe, earnest, sedate, staid, dignified, steady, level-headed, serious-minded, businesslike, down-to-earth, commonsensical, pragmatic, self-controlled, restrained, conservative


Middle English (in the sense ‘pleasant, sweet’): from Old French dous, douce, from Latin dulcis ‘sweet’.