\ 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

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Other Words from soapy

soapily \ ˈsō-​pə-​lē How to pronounce soapily (audio) \ adverb
soapiness \ ˈsō-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce soapiness (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 Anti-fog sprays work in a similar fashion as the soapy water method. Southern Living, "Glasses Getting Foggy? How To Keep Your Eyewear Clear, No Matter How Humid It Gets," 10 July 2020 One other way to eliminate them, if your plant’s leaves are large enough, would be to take a bucket of warm soapy water and two soft sponges. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: How to help peach tree attacked by borers," 9 July 2020 Other reported risky practices included misting the body with a household cleaning or disinfectant spray and drinking or gargling with bleach solutions, soapy water, or other cleaning and disinfectant solutions., "FDA revokes use of malaria drugs to fight COVID-19," 15 June 2020 The story is stiff and soapy, but the settings are elegant. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Here's what you need to watch on TV each day this week: June 14-20," 14 June 2020 One paper recommends dousing the inner surface with soapy water and allowing it to air-dry. Katie Peek, Scientific American, "How to Use Masks during the Coronavirus Pandemic," 2 June 2020 Scrub it thoroughly in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Christina Oehler,, "How Often Should I Wash My Face Mask—and What's the Best Way to Do It?," 26 May 2020 To remove baked-on grease, simply give the parts a soak in warm, soapy water before using a soft sponge to wipe clean. Southern Living, "Cleaning Your Air Fryer Is Not a Dreadable Task," 16 May 2020 The device releases soapy water when hands or other items came in contact with a sensor stored underneath the faucet. Aj Willingham, CNN, "All The Good Stuff that happened this week," 16 May 2020

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First Known Use of soapy

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Soapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce soapy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of soapy

: containing soap
: like soap


\ 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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