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 sodden (audio) , ˈsä-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of sodden (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make sodden

intransitive verb

: to become soaked or saturated

Other Words from sodden

Adjective

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

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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 drinking. 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Living in the sodden, open-air encampment at Centennial is, essentially, the only option left for anyone who becomes homeless in Anchorage right now. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2022 The companies had failed to deliver an action plan that city inspectors requested on Monday, and the floors remained sodden, the elevators out of service. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Aug. 2022 Another round of rainstorms hit flooded Kentucky mountain communities Monday as more bodies emerged from the sodden landscape, and the governor warned that high winds could bring another threat — falling trees and utility poles. Rebecca Reynolds, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 Another round of rainstorms hit flooded Kentucky mountain communities Monday as more bodies emerged from the sodden landscape, and the governor warned that high winds could bring another threat — falling trees and utility poles. Rebecca Reynolds, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Another round of rainstorms hit flooded Kentucky mountain communities Monday as more bodies emerged from the sodden landscape, and the governor warned that high winds could bring another threat — falling trees and utility poles. Rebecca Reynolds, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2022 So what do these self-aware and sodden victims of late capitalism imagine might feel, well, rewarding? Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 On the other side of Windsor, Ms. Gregoriou, 57, walked down her street, still cluttered with sodden furniture and debris, pointing out the houses for sale. New York Times, 18 July 2022 His father lies supine on the sodden ground ahead, dead and bloated in the downpour. Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nathan Borchelt has been testing, rating, and reviewing outdoor and travel products for decade, and has spent many trips plying the rivers, oceans, lakes, and sodden hiking trails throughout the world. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2022 The soliloquies are abstract, poetic, and sodden with longing and fear—more songs than attempts at talk. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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19 Sep 2022

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“Sodden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodden. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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sodden

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

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