sop

1 of 3

noun

1
chiefly dialectal : a piece of food dipped or steeped in a liquid
2
: a conciliatory or propitiatory bribe, gift, or gesture

sop

2 of 3

verb

sopped; sopping

transitive verb

1
a
: to steep or dip in or as if in liquid
b
: to wet thoroughly : soak
2

SOP

3 of 3

abbreviation

standard operating procedure; standing operating procedure

Examples of sop in a Sentence

Noun as a sop to the teachers' union for supporting his reelection campaign, the mayor promised to push for the abolition of the residency requirement Verb sopped the sponge with the detergent and began scrubbing the floor vigorously my book fell in the swimming pool and was thoroughly sopped before I could fish it out
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Yet Virginia’s decision seems like no more than a sop to watermen in that state who face rising costs but so-so harvests. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2024 His student-loan-forgiveness initiatives are an unconstitutional sop to the campus Left. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 11 May 2024
Verb
Throwing that sopping wet swimsuit in the dryer on high heat or setting it out to dry in direct sunlight might seem like easy ways to dry a swimsuit quickly, but both methods could ruin it. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 5 July 2024 Then, simply squeeze out excess water so the item is not sopping wet and put it in the dryer with the rest of the load. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sop 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English soppe, from Old English sopp; akin to Old English sūpan to swallow — more at sup

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sop was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sop. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sop

1 of 2 noun
1
chiefly dialect : a piece of food dipped or soaked in a liquid (as bread dipped in milk or gravy)
2
: a bribe or gift for soothing or winning approval

sop

2 of 2 verb
sopped; sopping
1
a
: to soak or dip in or as if in liquid
b
: to wet thoroughly
2
: to mop or soak up
sopping up gravy with bread

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