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soapy

[soh-pee] /ˈsoʊ pi/
adjective, soapier, soapiest.
1.
containing or impregnated with soap:
soapy water.
2.
covered with soap or lather:
soapy dishes.
3.
of the nature of soap; resembling soap:
a soft, soapy fiber.
4.
pertaining to or characteristic of soap:
a clean, soapy smell.
5.
Informal. characteristic or reminiscent of a soap opera; melodramatic; corny:
a soapy plot.
Origin of soapy
1600-1610
1600-10; soap + -y1
Related forms
soapily, adverb
soapiness, noun
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  • Mrs. Winterpine gathered the dishes with accustomed hands and piled them by a pan of hot, soapy water.

    While Caroline Was Growing Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • The solution of a base has a soapy feel and a brackish taste.

  • soapy pretended to weep, and Abe thumped him heavily on the back.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • soapy had confidence in himself from the lowest button of his vest upward.

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  • If the soapy blanket be too severe on the patient, then apply general lathering with M'Clinton's Soap.

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British Dictionary definitions for soapy

soapy

/ˈsəʊpɪ/
adjective soapier, soapiest
1.
containing or covered with soap: soapy water
2.
resembling or characteristic of soap
3.
(slang) flattering or persuasive
noun (pl) -pies
4.
(Austral) a variant of soapie
Derived Forms
soapily, adverb
soapiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for soapy
adj.

c.1600, from soap (n.) + -y (2). Related: Soapily; soapiness.

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