- a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.
- anything thoroughly soaked.
- something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe: The political boss gave him some cash as a sop.
- a weak-willed or spineless person; milksop.
- to dip or soak in liquid food: to sop bread in gravy.
- to drench.
- to take up (liquid) by absorption (usually followed by up): He used bread to sop up the gravy.
- to be or become soaking wet.
- (of a liquid) to soak (usually followed by in).
Origin of sop
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- (tr, adverb) to mop or take up (spilt water, etc) with or as if with a sponge
- (often plural) food soaked in a liquid before being eaten
- a concession, bribe, etc, given to placate or mollifya sop to one's feelings
- informal a stupid or weak person
- (tr) to dip or soak (food) in liquid
- (when intr, often foll by in) to soak or be soaked
- standard operating procedure
Word Origin and History for sop up
Old English sopp- "bread soaked in some liquid," (in soppcuppe "cup into which sops are put"), from Proto-Germanic *supp-, related to Old English verb suppan (see sup (v.2)), probably reinforced by Old French soupe (see soup (n.)). Meaning "something given to appease" is from 1660s, a reference to the sops given by the Sibyl to Cerberus in the "Aeneid."
Old English soppian, from the source of sop (n.). Related: Sopped; sopping.