- soaked; drenched: Her clothes were sopping from the rain.
Origin of sopping
- 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 sopping
Dr. Kent Sepkowitz on why you should sleep easy on your sopping wet mattress.Hurricane Sandy Won’t Bring a Mold Epidemic
November 4, 2012
Whether it actually works or not, the summons to dig deep within yourself is journey enough for our sopping wet heroes.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’
February 25, 2012
In an instant her bonnet, her shawl, her dress, were all sopping.Shaman
By now the water in the cabin was up to the bunks, and the bed-clothes were sopping.Tales of the Fish Patrol
Mrs. Peakslow went on again, sopping her eyes with the remnant of rags.The Young Surveyor;
J. T. Trowbridge
She took off her sopping frock, and gave it to the woman to hang up.Little Folks
There in the sopping lowlands they are harvesting the last marsh hay.Miss Primrose
Roy Rolfe Gilson
- completely soaked; wet throughAlso: sopping wet
- (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 sopping
"very wet," 1877, from sop (v.) "to drench with moisture" (1680s), from sop (n.).
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.