noun \ˈsäp\

: something that is done or given to someone in order to prevent trouble, gain support, etc.

Full Definition of SOP

chiefly dialect :  a piece of food dipped or steeped in a liquid
:  a conciliatory or propitiatory bribe, gift, or gesture

Examples of SOP

  1. <as a sop to the teachers' union for supporting his reelection campaign, the mayor promised to push for the abolition of the residency requirement>

Origin of SOP

Middle English soppe, from Old English sopp; akin to Old English sūpan to swallow — more at sup
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with SOP


transitive verb

Definition of SOP

a :  to steep or dip in or as if in liquid
b :  to wet thoroughly :  soak
:  mop 1

Examples of SOP

  1. <sopped the sponge with the detergent and began scrubbing the floor vigorously>
  2. <my book fell in the swimming pool and was thoroughly sopped before I could fish it out>

First Known Use of SOP

circa 1529



Definition of SOP

standard operating procedure; standing operating procedure


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