[ soh-pee ]
/ ˈsoʊ pi /

adjective, soap·i·er, soap·i·est.

containing or impregnated with soap: soapy water.
covered with soap or lather: soapy dishes.
of the nature of soap; resembling soap: a soft, soapy fiber.
pertaining to or characteristic of soap: a clean, soapy smell.
Informal. characteristic or reminiscent of a soap opera; melodramatic; corny: a soapy plot.

Nearby words

  1. soapie,
  2. soapolallie,
  3. soapstone,
  4. soapsuds,
  5. soapwort,
  6. soar,
  7. soaraway,
  8. soares,
  9. soares, mário,
  10. soaring

Origin of soapy

First recorded in 1600–10; soap + -y1

Related formssoap·i·ly, adverbsoap·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for soapy


/ (ˈsəʊpɪ) /

adjective soapier or soapiest

containing or covered with soapsoapy water
resembling or characteristic of soap
slang flattering or persuasive

noun plural -pies

Australian a variant of soapie
Derived Formssoapily, adverbsoapiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for soapy



c.1600, from soap (n.) + -y (2). Related: Soapily; soapiness.

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