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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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  • The bottom of the valley was soggy with water, which the thick moss held, spongelike, close to the surface.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • Horace was even glummer than ever, as soggy as his own oatmeal.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • And he had lingered over a bowl of soggy crackers soaked, at the last, chiefly in catsup!

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • In the oven was some soggy bread, and on the hearth some cold bacon.

  • He was so hampered by his weight of soggy clothes that there was little force or direction to his blow.

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.

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