[ soop ]
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  1. a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.

  2. Slang. a thick fog.

  1. Slang. added power, especially horsepower.

  2. Slang. nitroglycerin.

  3. Photography Slang. developing solution.

Verb Phrases
  1. soup up, Slang.

    • to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.

    • to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven: a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.

Idioms about soup

  1. from soup to nuts,

    • from the first through the last course of a meal.

    • from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.

  2. in the soup, Informal. in trouble: He'll be in the soup when the truth comes out.

Origin of soup

1645–55; 1940–45 for def. 6; <French soupe,Old French souppe, sope<Germanic; compare Dutch sopen to dunk. See sop

Other words for soup

Other words from soup

  • soupless, adjective
  • souplike, adjective

Words Nearby soup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use soup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for soup


/ (suːp) /

  1. a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal

  2. informal a photographic developer

  1. informal anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fog: See also peasouper

  2. a slang name for nitroglycerine

  3. in the soup informal in trouble or difficulties

Origin of soup

C17: from Old French soupe, from Late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German suppe, Old Norse soppa soup

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Other Idioms and Phrases with soup


In addition to the idiom beginning with soup

  • soup up

also see:

  • duck soup
  • from soup to nuts
  • in the soup
  • thick as thieves (pea soup)

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