\ˈsō-pē \
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

b : unctuous, suave

4 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a soap opera

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Other Words from soapy

soapily \ˈsō-pə-lē \ adverb
soapiness \ˈsō-pē-nəs \ 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

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But if Big Little Lies was soapy melodrama elevated by superb performances and Vallée’s extraordinary visual eye, Sharp Objects is Southern Gothic for the 21st century, probing the grim heritage and often squalid reality of small-town America. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 In addition to booking her first pilot, 2008 also brought her first recurring role on The CW's reboot of the soapy high school drama. Kate Stanhope,, "Meghan Markle's rise to Hollywood stardom," 10 May 2018 If it's tarnished, mix a few drops of ammonia into soapy water, submerge the jewelry and carefully brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home," 8 Mar. 2017 That’s a lot of waiting around for more soapy, luxurious Buckingham Palace intrigue courtesy of Netflix., "If You Miss The Crown, Treat Yourself To A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 Thoroughly wash a container that was full of cereal with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food. Sarah Brookbank,, "Honey Smacks recall: 100 salmonella infections in 33 states," 13 July 2018 Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food. Shelia Poole, ajc, "Kellogg’s recalls “Honey Smacks” over salmonella concerns," 13 July 2018 Agarwal also found that soapy water prevents the air bubble from oscillating well enough for a droplet to plink. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Here’s What Makes a Dripping Faucet Go ‘Plink’," 22 June 2018 Anyone who does come into contact with water from the affected area should immediately wash well with warm, soapy water. Pamela Wood,, "More than 40,000 gallons of sewage spills near Annapolis," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of soapy

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of soapy was in 1610

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English Language Learners Definition of soapy

: containing soap

: like soap


\ˈsō-pē \
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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