Origin of soak

before 1000; Middle English soken, Old English sōcian; akin to suck
Related formssoak·er, nounsoak·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·soak, verbre·soak, verbun·soaked, adjectivewell-soaked, adjective

Synonyms for soak

2, 4. seep. 7. See wet. 8. infuse, penetrate.

Antonyms for soak

7. dry.
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to make, become, or be thoroughly wet or saturated, esp by immersion in a liquid
(when intr, usually foll by in or into) (of a liquid) to penetrate or permeate
(tr; usually foll by in or up) (of a permeable solid) to take in (a liquid) by absorptionthe earth soaks up rainwater
(tr; foll by out or out of) to remove by immersion in a liquidshe soaked the stains out of the dress
(tr) metallurgy to heat (a metal) prior to working
informal to drink excessively or make or become drunk
(tr) US and Canadian slang to overcharge
(tr) British slang to put in pawn


the act of immersing in a liquid or the period of immersion
the liquid in which something may be soaked, esp a solution containing detergent
another name for soakage (def. 3)
British informal a heavy rainfall
slang a person who drinks to excess
Derived Formssoaker, nounsoaking, noun, adjective

Word Origin for soak

Old English sōcian to cook; see suck
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Word Origin and History for soak

Old English socian (intransitive) "to soak, to lie in liquid," from Proto-Germanic *sukon (cf. West Flemish soken), possibly from PIE *sug-, from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)). Transitive sense "drench, permeate thoroughly" is from mid-14c.; that of "cause to lie in liquid" is from early 15c. Meaning "take up by absorption" is from 1550s. Slang meaning "to overcharge" first recorded 1895. Related: Soaked; soaking. As a noun, mid-15c., from the verb.

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