[ sop ]
/ sɒp /


verb (used with object), sopped, sop·ping.

verb (used without object), sopped, sop·ping.

to be or become soaking wet.
(of a liquid) to soak (usually followed by in).

Nearby words

  1. sooty grouse,
  2. sooty mold,
  3. sooty mould,
  4. sooty shearwater,
  5. sooty tern,
  6. sop up,
  7. sop.,
  8. sopa,
  9. sopaipilla,
  10. soper

Origin of sop

before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English sopp; cognate with Old Norse soppa; (v.) Old English soppian, derivative of the noun (not recorded in ME). See sup2


or S.O.P.

Standard Operating Procedure; Standing Operating Procedure.

sop. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sop


/ (sɒp) /


(often plural) food soaked in a liquid before being eaten
a concession, bribe, etc, given to placate or mollifya sop to one's feelings
informal a stupid or weak person

verb sops, sopping or sopped

(tr) to dip or soak (food) in liquid
(when intr, often foll by in) to soak or be soaked
See also sop up

Word Origin for sop

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


abbreviation for

standard operating procedure


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for sop
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