- soaked with liquid or moisture; saturated.
- heavy, lumpy, or soggy, as food that is poorly cooked.
- having a soaked appearance.
- bloated, as the face.
- expressionless, dull, or stupid, especially from drunkenness.
- lacking spirit or alertness; inert; torpid; listless.
- Archaic. boiled.
- to make or become sodden.
- Obsolete. past participle of seethe.
Origin of sodden
- to surge or foam as if boiling.
- to be in a state of agitation or excitement.
- Archaic. to boil.
- to soak or steep.
- to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.
- the act of seething.
- the state of being agitated or excited.
Origin of seethe
Examples from the Web for sodden
It is a kind of hell, but not the spiraling inferno the Stalker Virgil led Dante through, but a sodden, sloppy Tartarus.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’
February 25, 2012
There is Walker McNally, a sodden drunk for whom the pouring and stirring of a drink becomes a kind of sexual foreplay.Do I Have to Read Sue Grafton?
December 21, 2009
His complexion was pale and sodden, and his hair short, dark, and sleek.Night and Morning, Complete
When dawn came, they were on the move, glad to stretch their sodden limbs.Slaves of Mercury
Then he replaced the sodden end of his cigarette between them.The Law-Breakers
The colours were indistinguishable at the distance, drenched and sodden.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Her hair, streaming down in a sodden mass, was matted with blood.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
- completely saturated
- dulled, esp by excessive drinking
- (in combination)a drink-sodden mind
- heavy or doughy, as bread is when improperly cooked
- to make or become sodden
- (intr) to boil or to foam as if boiling
- (intr) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
- (tr) to soak in liquid
- (tr) archaic to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling
- the act or state of seething
Word Origin and History for sodden
"soaked or softened in water," 1820, earlier "resembling something that has been boiled a long time" (1590s), originally "boiled" (c.1300), from Old English soden "boiled," strong past participle of seoþan "to cook, boil" (see seethe). For sense evolution from "heat in water" to "immerse in water" cf. bath.
Old English seoþan "to boil," also figuratively, "be troubled in mind, brood" (class II strong verb; past tense seaþ, past participle soden), from Proto-Germanic *seuthan (cf. Old Norse sjoða, Old Frisian siatha, Dutch zieden, Old High German siodan, German sieden "to seethe"), from PIE root *seut- "to seethe, boil."
Driven out of its literal meaning by boil (v.); it survives largely in metaphoric extensions. Figurative use, of persons or populations, "to be in a state of inward agitation" is recorded from 1580s (implied in seething). It had wider figurative uses in Old English, e.g. "to try by fire, to afflict with cares." Now conjugated as a weak verb, and past participle sodden (q.v.) is no longer felt as connected.