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

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Other Words from sodden

Adjective

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

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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 As floodwaters receded Monday, authorities continued searching for more victims and intensified their efforts to clean up a sodden swath of western Germany, eastern Belgium and the Netherlands. Geir Moulson, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 Sheets of rain pounded the pavement, and with nowhere to go, the water poured into the city’s transit networks, bringing NYC to a sodden slowdown. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 8 July 2021 The night turns into an alcohol-sodden marathon of recrimination, anger, self-laceration and infidelity. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 Lucky Danger’s beef and broccoli is equal parts soft meat and sodden vegetable. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Winter doesn’t have to be sodden with dark colors or a depressing spiral of drab outerwear. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2021 Nicaragua and Honduras issued hurricane warnings amid concerns that some already sodden areas of those nations could be swamped by a storm surge of up to 15 feet and rainfall totals of up to 3 feet. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2020 Their troops include Andrew Yang, Gretchen Whitmer, and a sodden Hunter Biden, cigarette hanging from his mouth, who show up in a flying wedge that overtakes the outnumbered Trump. Armond White, National Review, 11 Nov. 2020 The center of both political parties collapsed long ago under the sodden weight of the corrupt elites. John Kass, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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, 2 Mar. 2020

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Sodden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodden. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for sodden

sodden

adjective

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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