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sodden

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adjective sod·den \ˈsä-dən\

Definition of sodden

  1. 1a :  dull or expressionless especially from continued indulgence in alcoholic beverages sodden featuresb :  torpid, sluggish sodden minds

  2. 2a :  heavy with or as if with moisture or water the sodden groundb :  heavy or doughy because of imperfect cooking sodden biscuits

soddenly

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soddenness

play \ˈsä-dən-(n)əs\ noun

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Examples of sodden in a Sentence

  1. eyes peering out between strands of sodden hair

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of sodden

Middle English soden, from past participle of sethen to seethe


First Known Use: 1589

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sodden

verb sod·den

Definition of sodden

soddened

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soddening

play \ˈsäd-niŋ, ˈsä-dən-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make sodden

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become soaked or saturated

Examples of sodden in a Sentence

  1. soldiers' boots that were soddened by endless hours in muddy trenches

  2. cornflakes that had been soddened in milk to the point of mush

1812

First Known Use of sodden

1812


SODDEN Defined for English Language Learners

sodden

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Definition of sodden for English Language Learners

  • : very heavy and wet


SODDEN Defined for Kids

sodden

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adjective sod·den \ˈsä-dən\

Definition of sodden for Students

  1. :  soggy sodden fields



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