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.

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

Related Words for soapy

saponaceous, bubbling, bubbly, foamy, frothy, lathery

Examples from the Web for soapy

Contemporary Examples of soapy

Historical Examples of soapy

  • He stooped, thinking he had caught it, but took up only a handful of soapy foam.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Soapy pretended to weep, and Abe thumped him heavily on the back.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They were captained by one Smith, known as "Soapy," whom I had the fortune to meet.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • We had got beyond the April freshets and there was in consequence a soapy smell about.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks

  • The solution of a base has a soapy feel and a brackish taste.

British Dictionary definitions for soapy


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper