[ sop ]
/ sɒp /
a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.
anything thoroughly soaked.
something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe: The political boss gave him some cash as a sop.
a weak-willed or spineless person; milksop.
verb (used with object), sopped, sop·ping.
to dip or soak in liquid food: to sop bread in gravy.
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.
to be or become soaking wet.
(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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British Dictionary definitions for sop up (1 of 3)
(tr, adverb) to mop or take up (spilt water, etc) with or as if with a sponge
British Dictionary definitions for sop up (2 of 3)
/ (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
British Dictionary definitions for sop up (3 of 3)
standard operating procedure
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