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[sog-ee] /ˈsɒg i/
adjective, soggier, soggiest.
soaked; thoroughly wet; sodden.
damp and heavy, as poorly baked bread.
spiritless, heavy, dull, or stupid:
a soggy novel.
Origin of soggy
1590-1600; dial. sog bog + -y1; compare Norwegian (dial.) soggjast to get soaked
Related forms
soggily, adverb
sogginess, noun
unsoggy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for soggy
  • Her little book so full of promise and quiver ends up soggy and damp.
  • If allowed to stand, unless the skin is ruptured for escape of steam, they become soggy.
  • If the temperature is too low, doughnuts will absorb more oil and taste soggy and oily.
  • The vegetables in these sandwiches don't get soggy as they stand, and the flavors benefit from a little time together.
  • The fruit makes a beautiful pattern as it sinks in during baking, and the cake is never soggy.
  • If you completely seal up this object, the moisture will make its drier parts soggy.
  • The chicken had gotten soggy, but the potato salad could be saved.
  • Even in richer places the cost can be offset in part if the soggy ground can be put to lucrative use.
  • The dancers trundled on the stage looking soggy and depleted.
  • Well surprise, the waves are lapping at the dining room door and their gourmet food looks a bit soggy.
British Dictionary definitions for soggy


adjective -gier, -giest
soaked with liquid
(of bread, pastry, etc) moist and heavy
(informal) lacking in spirit or positiveness
Derived Forms
soggily, adverb
sogginess, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably from dialect sog marsh, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for soggy

1722, perhaps from dialectal sog "bog, swamp," or the verb sog "become soaked," both of unknown origin, + -y (2). Related: Soggily; sogginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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