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

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

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

Related Words for sopping

saturated, soaked, soused, drenched, soaking, dripping, dank, sodden, soggy, soppy

Examples from the Web for sopping

Contemporary Examples of sopping

Historical Examples of sopping

  • In an instant her bonnet, her shawl, her dress, were all sopping.


    Robert Shea

  • By now the water in the cabin was up to the bunks, and the bed-clothes were sopping.

  • Mrs. Peakslow went on again, sopping her eyes with the remnant of rags.

    The Young Surveyor;

    J. T. Trowbridge

  • She took off her sopping frock, and gave it to the woman to hang up.

  • There in the sopping lowlands they are harvesting the last marsh hay.

    Miss Primrose

    Roy Rolfe Gilson

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

"very wet," 1877, from sop (v.) "to drench with moisture" (1680s), from 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."



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

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