soapier; soapiest
: smeared with soap : lathered
: containing or combined with soap or saponin
: having the qualities of soap
especially : smooth and slippery
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a soap opera
soapily adverb
soapiness noun

Examples of soapy in a Sentence

The stone has a soapy feel. a typically soapy introduction for the guest speaker at the organization's annual banquet
Recent Examples on the Web The group that seems to have inspired Reid is Fleetwood Mac, which, with its shifting intramural love relationships, sundry drug problems and issues of control — the soapiest of rock’s many operas — was a romance novel/miniseries waiting to happen. Robert Lloydtelevision Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2023 Many non-dishwasher-safe portable blenders instead offer self-cleaning modes, which require you to blend a bit of soapy water before rinsing and drying them. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2023 Once all surfaces are smooth, give them a good dusting, ideally with a microfiber cloth, though a plain terry cloth towel will also work, then clean the walls with soapy water. Nikolas Greenwald, Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 For the best results, the brand recommends spot cleaning them with a bit of soapy water. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2023 To get rid of these annoying dust balls, swish your broom around in warm, soapy water as needed. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 20 Jan. 2023 Plus, it can easily be washed with a bit of warm and soapy water. Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2023 To clean a bite that appears pretty harmless, simply wash the area well with warm and soapy water. Kirsten Nunez, SELF, 23 Sep. 2022 If that happens, Sperry advises using warm, soapy water or soft scrub brush to remove the mold. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of soapy was in 1610

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Cite this Entry

“Soapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


soapier; soapiest
: smeared with or full of soap
a soapy face
: containing or combined with soap
: resembling or having the qualities of soap
soapiness noun

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