adjective, sog·gi·er, sog·gi·est.

soaked; thoroughly wet; sodden.
damp and heavy, as poorly baked bread.
spiritless, heavy, dull, or stupid: a soggy novel.

Origin of soggy

1590–1600; dial. sog bog + -y1; compare Norwegian (dial.) soggjast to get soaked
Related formssog·gi·ly, adverbsog·gi·ness, nounun·sog·gy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soggy

Contemporary Examples of soggy

Historical Examples of soggy

  • Something let go with a soggy snap, and the misty man was gone.

    Death of a Spaceman

    Walter M. Miller

  • If the frying fat is not very hot when fish are put in, they will be soggy with it.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • You know you don't want to go back to a dish of prunes and soggy cake.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • Horace was even glummer than ever, as soggy as his own oatmeal.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Then he rose and, slapping his soggy hat on his head, walked out of the place.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for soggy


adjective -gier or -giest

soaked with liquid
(of bread, pastry, etc) moist and heavy
informal lacking in spirit or positiveness
Derived Formssoggily, adverbsogginess, noun

Word Origin for soggy

C18: probably from dialect sog marsh, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for soggy

1722, perhaps from dialectal sog "bog, swamp," or the verb sog "become soaked," both of unknown origin, + -y (2). Related: Soggily; sogginess.

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