soaked; drenched: Her clothes were sopping from the rain.

Nearby words

  1. sopor,
  2. soporiferous,
  3. soporific,
  4. soporose,
  5. soporous,
  6. soppy,
  7. sopranino,
  8. soprano,
  9. soprano clef,
  10. sopwith

Origin of sopping

First recorded in 1525–35; sop + -ing2




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 drench.
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).

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sopping



completely soaked; wet throughAlso: sopping wet



(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
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Word Origin and History for sopping
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