sop

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English soppe, from Old English sopp (sopped bread), from Proto-Germanic *saupą (compare Dutch sop, Old High German sopfa), deverbative of *sūpaną (to sup). More at sup; compare soup.

Noun[edit]

sop (plural sops)

  1. Something entirely soaked.
    • Shakespeare
      The bounded waters / Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores, / And make a sop of all this solid globe.
  2. A piece of solid food to be soaked in liquid food.
    • Bible, John xiii. 26
      He it is to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it.
    • Francis Bacon
      Sops in wine, quantity for quantity, inebriate more than wine itself.
  3. Something given or done to pacify or bribe.
    • L'Estrange
      All nature is cured with a sop.
  4. A weak, easily frightened or ineffectual person; a milksop
  5. Gravy. (Appalachian)
  6. (obsolete) A thing of little or no value.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Piers Plowman to this entry?)

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sop (third-person singular simple present sops, present participle sopping, simple past and past participle sopped)

  1. To steep or dip in any liquid.
    • 1928, Newman Ivey White, American Negro Folk-Songs, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, page 227:
      When I die, don't bury me deep, / Put a jug of 'lasses at my feet, / And a piece of corn bread in my hand, / Gwine to sop my way to the promised land.
    • 1945 December 27, Post, Emily, “Sopping Bread May Be Done”, The Spokesman-Review:
      So again let me say that sopping bread into gravy can be done properly merely by putting a piece down on the gravy and then soaking it with the help of a knife and fork as though it were any other food. But taking a soft piece of bread and pushing it under the sauce with your fingers, submerging them as well as the bread, or even wiping the plate with it would be very bad manners indeed.

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sop n (plural soppen, diminutive sopje n)

  1. water with soap, usually to wash clothes
  2. the sea in terms of somebody who will sail on it

Indonesian[edit]

Noun[edit]

sop

  1. soup

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

sop

  1. rafsi of so'e.

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English soap.

Noun[edit]

sop

  1. cleaner
    sop bilong tit = toothpaste