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[soh-pee] /ˈsoʊ pi/
adjective, soapier, soapiest.
containing or impregnated with soap:
soapy water.
covered with soap or lather:
soapy dishes.
of the nature of soap; resembling soap:
a soft, soapy fiber.
pertaining to or characteristic of soap:
a clean, soapy smell.
Informal. characteristic or reminiscent of a soap opera; melodramatic; corny:
a soapy plot.
Origin of soapy
First recorded in 1600-10; soap + -y1
Related forms
soapily, adverb
soapiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mrs. Winterpine gathered the dishes with accustomed hands and piled them by a pan of hot, soapy water.

    While Caroline Was Growing Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • soapy had confidence in himself from the lowest button of his vest upward.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • soapy pretended to weep, and Abe thumped him heavily on the back.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • soapy stepped inside, secured the umbrella and sauntered off with it slowly.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • If the soapy blanket be too severe on the patient, then apply general lathering with M'Clinton's Soap.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
British Dictionary definitions for soapy


adjective soapier, soapiest
containing or covered with soap: soapy water
resembling or characteristic of soap
(slang) flattering or persuasive
noun (pl) -pies
(Austral) a variant of soapie
Derived Forms
soapily, adverb
soapiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for soapy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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