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sop

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noun
  1. a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.
  2. anything thoroughly soaked.
  3. something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe: The political boss gave him some cash as a sop.
  4. a weak-willed or spineless person; milksop.
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verb (used with object), sopped, sop·ping.
  1. to dip or soak in liquid food: to sop bread in gravy.
  2. to drench.
  3. to take up (liquid) by absorption (usually followed by up): He used bread to sop up the gravy.
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verb (used without object), sopped, sop·ping.
  1. to be or become soaking wet.
  2. (of a liquid) to soak (usually followed by in).
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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

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Related Words for sop up

swallow, consume, ingest, imbibe, blot, ingurgitate, devour, osmose

British Dictionary definitions for sop up

sop up

verb
  1. (tr, adverb) to mop or take up (spilt water, etc) with or as if with a sponge
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sop

noun
  1. (often plural) food soaked in a liquid before being eaten
  2. a concession, bribe, etc, given to placate or mollifya sop to one's feelings
  3. informal a stupid or weak person
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verb sops, sopping or sopped
  1. (tr) to dip or soak (food) in liquid
  2. (when intr, often foll by in) to soak or be soaked
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Word Origin for sop

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

SOP

abbreviation for
  1. standard operating procedure
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Word Origin and History for sop up

sop

n.

Old English sopp- "bread soaked in some liquid," (in soppcuppe "cup into which sops are put"), from Proto-Germanic *supp-, related to Old English verb suppan (see sup (v.2)), probably reinforced by Old French soupe (see soup (n.)). Meaning "something given to appease" is from 1660s, a reference to the sops given by the Sibyl to Cerberus in the "Aeneid."

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sop

v.

Old English soppian, from the source of sop (n.). Related: Sopped; sopping.

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