\ ˈsō-pē How to pronounce soapy (audio) \
soapier; soapiest

Definition of soapy

1 : smeared with soap : lathered
2 : containing or combined with soap or saponin
3a : having the qualities of soap especially : smooth and slippery
4 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a soap opera

Other Words from soapy

soapily \ ˈsō-​pə-​lē How to pronounce soapy (audio) \ adverb
soapiness \ ˈsō-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce soapy (audio) \ 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 Sharon Horgan—the producer and writer behind Catastrophe, Divorce, Motherland, and other tales of midlife disaffection—adapted the series from a soapy Belgian drama called Clan, keeping both its central premise and its maudlin humor. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 1 Sep. 2022 Wipe burners with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2022 Vacuum the ant trails and clean with warm, soapy water. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2022 Soak them in hot, soapy water overnight in your bathtub or a large container. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2022 Adjust the difficulty as your pet learns the ropes and simply disassemble the ball after playtime and wash in warm soapy water to keep it clean. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2022 For plastic, rubber, and silicone cases, grab an old toothbrush and a bit of warm, soapy water. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2022 Drop them in a bucket of soapy water or squish them underfoot. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Also, wash your sink, countertops, and utensils with hot, soapy water before and after preparing food. Stephanie Watson, SELF, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of soapy

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Sep 2022

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\ ˈsō-pē How to pronounce soapy (audio) \
soapier; soapiest

Kids Definition of soapy

1 : covered with soap a soapy face
2 : containing soap soapy water
3 : like soap a soapy feel

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