Definition of sodden
- sodden features
- the sodden ground
- sodden biscuits
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eyes peering out between strands of sodden hair
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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 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.
First Known Use: 1589See Words from the same year
soldiers' boots that were soddened by endless hours in muddy trenches
cornflakes that had been soddened in milk to the point of mush
: very heavy and wet
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