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  1. a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.

  2. anything thoroughly soaked.

  1. something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe: The political boss gave him some cash as a sop.

  2. a weak-willed or spineless person; milksop.

verb (used with object),sopped, sop·ping.
  1. to dip or soak in liquid food: to sop bread in gravy.

  2. to drench.

  1. to take up (liquid) by absorption (usually followed by up): He used bread to sop up the gravy.

verb (used without object),sopped, sop·ping.
  1. to be or become soaking wet.

  2. (of a liquid) to soak (usually followed by in).

Origin of sop

First recorded before 1000; (for the noun) Middle English; Old English sopp; cognate with Old Norse soppa; verb derivative of the noun; see sup3

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Other definitions for SOP (2 of 3)


  1. Standard Operating Procedure; Standing Operating Procedure.

Origin of SOP

First recorded in 1940–45

Other definitions for sop. (3 of 3)


  1. soprano. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sop in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sop (1 of 3)


/ (sɒp) /

  1. (often plural) food soaked in a liquid before being eaten

  2. a concession, bribe, etc, given to placate or mollify: a sop to one's feelings

  1. informal a stupid or weak person

verbsops, sopping or sopped
  1. (tr) to dip or soak (food) in liquid

  2. (when intr, often foll by in) to soak or be soaked

Origin of sop

Old English sopp; related to Old Norse soppa soup, Old High German sopfa milk with bread; see sup ²

British Dictionary definitions for SOP (2 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. standard operating procedure

British Dictionary definitions for sop. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. soprano

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