sodden

adjective
sod·​den | \ ˈsä-dᵊn How to pronounce sodden (audio) \

Definition of sodden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : dull or expressionless especially from continued indulgence in alcoholic beverages sodden features
b : torpid, sluggish sodden minds
2a : heavy with or as if with moisture or water the sodden ground
b : heavy or doughy because of imperfect cooking sodden biscuits

sodden

verb
soddened; soddening\ ˈsäd-​niŋ How to pronounce soddening (audio) , ˈsä-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of sodden (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make sodden

intransitive verb

: to become soaked or saturated

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Other Words from sodden

Adjective

soddenly adverb
soddenness \ ˈsä-​dᵊn-​(n)əs How to pronounce soddenness (audio) \ noun

Did You Know?

Adjective

Nowadays, seethed is the past tense and past participle form of the verb seethe (which originally meant "to boil or stew"). Originally, however, seethe could also be conjugated in the past tense as sod and in the past participle as sodden. By the 14th century, sodden had become an independent adjective synonymous with "boiled." And, by the 16th century, it had taken on the figurative sense used to describe someone who appears dull, expressionless, or stupid, particularly as a result of heavy drink. Today, sodden is commonly used as a synonym of soaked or saturated. Seethe followed a different figurative path: while one who is sodden may appear dull, torpid, or sluggish, one who is seething is highly agitated, like a pot of boiling water.

Examples of sodden in a Sentence

Adjective eyes peering out between strands of sodden hair Verb soldiers' boots that were soddened by endless hours in muddy trenches cornflakes that had been soddened in milk to the point of mush
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective DuPay, squelching across the sodden carpet that morning, put his hand against the safe. oregonlive, "Portland zoo hit by brazen, professional burglary in 1969; ‘Mr. Shady’ only caught thanks to lucky break," 27 May 2020 The depths of the Great Lakes are littered with the sodden remains of an estimated 6,000 sunken ships. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "High Waters in the Great Lakes Reveal Two Centuries-Old Shipwrecks," 30 Apr. 2020 Using Google maps to find my way to a horseback-riding tour along the beach of Melides led me to a sodden field that turned out to be the private property of an angry farmer. Charly Wilder, New York Times, "Can a ‘Transformational Journey’ Change Your Life? Our Writer Had Her Doubts," 23 Oct. 2019 This is a shrill, tetchy, claustrophobic rock album sodden with record-biz pouting and only the dullest shades of pre-apocalyptic ennui. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "In your ear buds, Sturgill Simpson’s new album is a drag. In person, it’s a triumph.," 8 Oct. 2019 Opened in 1968, the place is known mostly for its annual beer-sodden Oktoberfests, but the market is just as destination-worthy. Los Angeles Times, "We’re big fans of these 11 supermarkets," 26 Feb. 2020 Long queues formed outside tents that had been erected in the sodden fields. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "Should the Parthenon Marbles Be Returned to Greece?," 22 Nov. 2019 Once drained, the river yields the usual urban detritus of plastic cups and sodden food wrappers, but larger and more precious items also emerge: chairs, watches, cellphones. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio to drain portion of River Walk, remove invasive species," 28 Dec. 2019 And what was Michael Leitch and his Japan squad doing amid all this? Slogging through shin-deep water to get onto a sodden rugby field in downtown Tokyo to prepare for a game against Scotland that may not even be played on Sunday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As Japan braces for typhoon, rugby squad trains in the rain," 12 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 Plastic bags and bottles, coffee lids, yogurt cups, flip-flops, and sodden stuffed animals drifted past, coated in yellow scum. Seth Harp, Harper's magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 2 Mar. 2020 Needless to say, with soils already sodden in the southeast, this would present a dire scenario for inland flooding. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sodden.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of sodden

Adjective

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1812, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sodden

Adjective

Middle English soden, from past participle of sethen to seethe

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The first known use of sodden was in 1589

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12 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sodden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodden. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for sodden

sodden

adjective
How to pronounce sodden (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sodden

: very heavy and wet

sodden

adjective
sod·​den | \ ˈsä-dᵊn How to pronounce sodden (audio) \

Kids Definition of sodden

: soggy sodden fields

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