- 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
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Examples from the Web for soapy
The characters in Pitch Dark can seem plucked from this soapy version of reality.Renata Adler, Poet of a Chaotic Generation
March 21, 2013
There is a steady flow of bowls of warm water, soapy and clear, delivered by a stream of helpers.
I stroke his muscles with a soapy washcloth, picking out the embedded flecks of glass with my fingernails.
The story is more rich and complicated than the trailers give away without any soapy melodrama.TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2012-13’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
June 12, 2012
There's no doubt that ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are addictive, soapy fun.Eight Worst Things About ‘The Bachelorette’
June 29, 2011
He stooped, thinking he had caught it, but took up only a handful of soapy foam.The Dream
Soapy pretended to weep, and Abe thumped him heavily on the back.The Golden Woman
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.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
- containing or covered with soapsoapy water
- resembling or characteristic of soap
- slang flattering or persuasive
- Australian a variant of soapie
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Word Origin and History for soapy
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