\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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The controversial plant is commonly used in South Asian and Latin American cuisine, and is either hailed as bright and refreshing by those who love it or described as soapy or dirty to those who don’t. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "A genetic test can determine if you will hate cilantro," 25 June 2018 Seasoning and Preparing a Brand-New Pot Start by washing your new cookware with hot, soapy water. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Cast Iron the Right Way," 27 Aug. 2018 Keep in mind that simple hot, soapy water is the best way to clean a cutting board. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Here's the Real Lifespan of 10 Common Home Items," 14 Aug. 2018 Remove the water reservoir and lid and wash both with soapy water in the sink—not the dishwasher. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine," 25 May 2018 If your toy vibrates, wipe it down with a warm, damp, soapy washcloth. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "How to Clean Your Sex Toys So You Can Use Them Safely," 15 Mar. 2018 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

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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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