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[sop-ee] /ˈsɒp i/
adjective, soppier, soppiest.
soaked, drenched, or very wet, as ground.
rainy, as weather.
British Slang. excessively sentimental; mawkish.
Origin of soppy
1605-15; sop + -y1
Related forms
soppiness, noun Unabridged
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  • I did not poll for him, nor did I solicit a soul in his behalf; yet soppy won the election by a considerable majority.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • Sally wondered why a good-looking boy so often had a soppy one with him.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • The elephant, Imogene, was bulked dimly in the first gray of a soppy dawn.

  • The thaw had just set in and the ground was soppy, which was bad luck.

  • He dropped on hands and toes, and thus crawled as fast as he could over the soppy ground.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • Michel and old Liz entered, dripping like water-nymphs, and sat down on the soppy bed.

    The Red Man's Revenge R.M. Ballantyne
  • And she looked at silly old Miss Jubb, and soppy May, and thought how they had no lovers.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • He snatched up a wet blanket that was lying in a soppy pile on the floor of the hall and sprang for the stairs.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • soppy could hear no more—led away behind the curtain by the King's Lieutenant.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He seemed to see Fate as a thin female with a soppy expression and pince-nez, sniffing a little as she worked the thing out.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for soppy


adjective -pier, -piest
wet or soggy
(Brit, informal) silly or sentimental
Derived Forms
soppily, adverb
soppiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for soppy

"very wet," 1823, from sop + -y (2). Meaning "sentimental" first recorded 1918. Related: Soppiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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