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 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, "Iota strengthens to hurricane, could slam Central America as Category 4 monster," 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, "America Assembled Epitomizes Hollywood Political Junk," 11 Nov. 2020 The center of both political parties collapsed long ago under the sodden weight of the corrupt elites. John Kass, Star Tribune, "No matter what happens, America will not return to 'normalcy'," 4 Nov. 2020 The steady, pelting rhythm of rain, the musty dampness of canvas, the petrichor of wet springtime lawn—this singular sensory combination evokes the gloriously sodden camping trips of my childhood, despite the surreal circumstances. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, "A Bellevue Doctor’s Pandemic Diary," 1 Oct. 2020 Finding samples meant scientists spent years tramping around the increasingly sodden Siberian permafrost to track down pieces of bone, tissue and hair from specimens. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Climate Change, Not Hunting, May Have Doomed the Woolly Rhinoceros," 13 Aug. 2020 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 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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Last Updated

29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sodden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodden. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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