- a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.
- Slang. a thick fog.
- Slang. added power, especially horsepower.
- Slang. nitroglycerin.
- Photography Slang. developing solution.
- 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.
- 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.
- in the soup, Informal. in trouble: He'll be in the soup when the truth comes out.
Origin of soup
SynonymsSee more synonyms for soup on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for souped-up
And even with the souped-up batteries that power electric cars, those vehicles have limited range.Adding Vehicles to the Grid
The Daily Beast
October 8, 2014
But he was said also to love roaring up Interstate 280 in a souped-up Porsche every now and then.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
The souped-up scarf comes in a Moroccan black and saffron tile print.J. Crew’s Best Accessories from Fall 2013
Misty White Sidell
February 13, 2013
What was a 74-year-old pilot doing in a souped-up World War II fighter flying in an air race?Reno’s Reckless Air Tragedy
September 17, 2011
Can we return the souped-up Bugaboo strollers and turn off the shiny iPhone rattles in favor of simpler tools for raising a child?Parent Like a Caveman
October 11, 2010
- a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal
- informal a photographic developer
- informal anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fogSee also peasouper
- a slang name for nitroglycerine
- in the soup informal in trouble or difficulties
Word Origin and History for souped-up
"liquid food," 1650s, from French soupe "soup, broth" (13c.), from Late Latin suppa "bread soaked in broth," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch sop "sop, broth"), from Proto-Germanic *sup-, from PIE *sub-, from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)).
Primordial soup is from a concept first expressed 1929 by J.B.S. Haldane. Soup to nuts "everything" is from 1910. Soup-kitchen, "public establishment supported by voluntary contributions, for preparing and serving soup to the poor at no cost" is attested from 1839. In Ireland, souper meant "Protestant clergyman seeking to make proselytes by dispensing soup in charity" (1854).
Idioms and Phrases with souped-up
In addition to the idiom beginning with soup
- soup up
- duck soup
- from soup to nuts
- in the soup
- thick as thieves (pea soup)