Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Words You've Been Using Wrong

soapy

[soh-pee] /ˈsoʊ pi/
adjective, soapier, soapiest.
1.
containing or impregnated with soap:
soapy water.
2.
covered with soap or lather:
soapy dishes.
3.
of the nature of soap; resembling soap:
a soft, soapy fiber.
4.
pertaining to or characteristic of soap:
a clean, soapy smell.
5.
Informal. characteristic or reminiscent of a soap opera; melodramatic; corny:
a soapy plot.
Origin of soapy
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; soap + -y1
Related forms
soapily, adverb
soapiness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for soapy
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He stooped, thinking he had caught it, but took up only a handful of soapy foam.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • soapy pretended to weep, and Abe thumped him heavily on the back.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • They were captained by one Smith, known as "soapy," whom I had the fortune to meet.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • We had got beyond the April freshets and there was in consequence a soapy smell about.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • The solution of a base has a soapy feel and a brackish taste.

British Dictionary definitions for soapy

soapy

/ˈsəʊpɪ/
adjective soapier, soapiest
1.
containing or covered with soap: soapy water
2.
resembling or characteristic of soap
3.
(slang) flattering or persuasive
noun (pl) -pies
4.
(Austral) a variant of soapie
Derived Forms
soapily, adverb
soapiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for soapy
adj.

c.1600, from soap (n.) + -y (2). Related: Soapily; soapiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for soapy

Word Value for soapy

10
10
Scrabble Words With Friends