\ 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

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Wipe up any spills, and wash your hands with hot, soapy water. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: The correct handling of chicken," 27 June 2019 To clean the ear mold, remove it from the ear hook of the hearing devices and wash it in warm, soapy water. Trihealth,, "Protect your investment in hearing devices: 5 essential tips," 25 June 2019 Physical Controls: Adult Japanese beetles will need ongoing summer treatment — often or daily if removing by hand (tap into soapy water to drown and die) or squish. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 If warm, soapy water doesn’t work, try one of these three methods: Make a poultice by mixing together equal parts baking soda and coconut oil. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Super Glue," 24 June 2019 Another shows a Marine washing his cup and fork and spoon in a trash can filled with hot, soapy water outside the mess hall at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Edenton, North Carolina, after the Korean War. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A Marine’s sketches of military life to be preserved by Camp Pendleton museum," 21 June 2019 Always use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat and make sure to wash them in hot soapy water after use. Angela Davis, Washington Post, "Turn to these food safety tips the next time you grill — for your most successful cookout yet," 20 June 2019 Casseroles that include ground beef as an ingredient should be cooked to 165°. Also, anyone who handles raw ground beef should wash their hands with soap and clean kitchen implements with hot, soapy water or a bleach solution. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "E. coli ground beef outbreak 'appears to be over' after sickening 209 people in 10 states," 20 June 2019 The easiest way to remove these is to scrub the wall with hot soapy water (try dish detergent) and a sponge or wash cloth. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The Best (and Easiest) Ways to Remove Wallpaper," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of soapy

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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