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[sop-ee] /ˈsɒp i/
adjective, soppier, soppiest.
soaked, drenched, or very wet, as ground.
rainy, as weather.
British Slang. excessively sentimental; mawkish.
Origin of soppy
First recorded in 1605-15; sop + -y1
Related forms
soppiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for soppy
Historical Examples
  • "The cloth's all wet and soppy," said Joel, beginning to twitch at the bandage.

  • If you only knew what it meant for Jenny Pearl to be the soppy one.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • Sally wondered why a good-looking boy so often had a soppy one with him.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • And she looked at silly old Miss Jubb, and soppy May, and thought how they had no lovers.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • The thaw had just set in and the ground was soppy, which was bad luck.

  • The elephant, Imogene, was bulked dimly in the first gray of a soppy dawn.

  • We lay in camp all day—soppy, sore—waiting for the rain to let up.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • Michel and old Liz entered, dripping like water-nymphs, and sat down on the soppy bed.

    The Red Man's Revenge R.M. Ballantyne
  • He snatched up a wet blanket that was lying in a soppy pile on the floor of the hall and sprang for the stairs.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • She had tried to talk to the boys and found them soppy, and herself soppy, and everything soppy.


    Frank Swinnerton
British Dictionary definitions for soppy


adjective -pier, -piest
wet or soggy
(Brit, informal) silly or sentimental
Derived Forms
soppily, adverb
soppiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for soppy

"very wet," 1823, from sop + -y (2). Meaning "sentimental" first recorded 1918. Related: Soppiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for soppy



Sentimental; maudlin; mushy, schmaltzy: the soppy story of a rich-boy drop-out (1918+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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