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From soap +‎ -y. Compare German Low German sepig (soapy), German seifig (soapy), Swedish såpig (soapy).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsəʊpi/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsoʊpi/
  • Rhymes: -əʊpi


soapy (comparative soapier, superlative soapiest)

  1. Literal senses:
    1. Resembling soap.
      Bases dissolve skin oils and have a soapy feel to them.
    2. Full of soap.
      The dishwasher uses hot soapy water to clean the dishes and silverware.
    3. Covered in soap.
      His skin was still soapy after the shower.
  2. Resembling a soap opera.
    • 2021 September 22, Caroline Siede, “Dear Evan Hansen is a misfire on just about every level”, in AV Club[1]:
      The heightened worlds of darkly comedic satire and soapy high-school romance make it easy enough to roll with unrealistic casting choices—and that goes for stage musicals, too, where some level of artifice is built into the format.
  3. (dated) Committing or involving flattery.

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soapy (plural soapies)

  1. An erotic massage that involves lots of soap and body contact.