\ 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 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 Gently lather up your garments and spot treat wherever necessary, then leave them submerged in the soapy water for up to 30 minutes. Taylor Ayers, Marie Claire, 14 July 2021 Just place them in hot, soapy water to soak before wiping clean and laying it to dry, or let the dishwasher take care of it. Sanah Faroke,, 13 July 2021 While the girls, especially Alexander and Lind, shine brighter than the mostly indistinguishable boys, no individual performance hits the soapy heights achieved by Meester or Ed Westwick (who played Blair’s slimy true love, Chuck). Judy Berman, Time, 5 July 2021 Spray your windows down thoroughly with the Rinse setting, then give them a good coat with the soapy Clean mode. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 30 Apr. 2021 For whites, pair with The Laundress Bleach Alternative, creating a soapy paste with warm water. Rachel Krause,, 23 Apr. 2021 Use a violet liqueur, such as Crème de Violette, though best used sparingly for just a pop of color to avoid a soapy aftertaste. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Hopping in the shower and letting soapy water cascade across them will help, but only to a point. Mike Wehner, BGR, 10 Mar. 2021 Always wash hands with hot, soapy water following the cleaning and sanitization process. Colleen Murphy,, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of soapy

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jul 2021

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“Soapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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