- 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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Examples from the Web for sopped
Because, first of all, it sopped up all the brain cells for a year while other problems festered.Obama Woos Liberal Elite
June 29, 2011
She just couldn't help crying when I sopped them with the tizwin.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
It should be sopped on frequently with a soft cloth and allowed to dry on the skin.
A little later Joe had sopped up the water, and quiet was restored.Baseball Joe in the Big League
Lucy, for the third time, said that poor Charlotte would be sopped.A Room With A View
E. M. Forster
She sopped up the drops with the sponge and then squeezed it in the pitcher.Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane
- (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 sopped
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.