sop·​ping ˈsä-piŋ How to pronounce sopping (audio)
: wet through : soaking

Examples of sopping in a Sentence

His clothes were sopping from the rain. my hair and clothes were absolutely sopping after the unexpected downpour
Recent Examples on the Web Jean had the sensation of throwing sopping red meat to a starving dog. Hannah Gold, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 Nell flings her sopping-wet pants onto the dock. Margaret Atwood, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Stand in a circle and pass around a sopping-wet sponge until the music stops. Christina Montoya Fiedler, Woman's Day, 24 Feb. 2023 If washing a regular comforter can be a chore, imagine hauling a sopping wet weighted blanket out of the washing machine. Cara Lynn Shultz, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Caring for a newborn can feel like trying to keep a wad of sopping-wet paper towels from tearing, and that’s under ideal conditions; many parents struggle with great challenges and should be denied no assistance. Damon Beres, The Atlantic, 28 Nov. 2022 Hung with white, corrugated sheet metal, the modest structure held a sopping living room with a TV mounted to the wall and a shelf stacked with diapers for his future daughter. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2022 For a subtle sweat effect that stops short of being quite as sopping as Kim Kardashian’s at the 2019 Met Gala, liberally mist the crown of the head with a styling primer and scrape hair back with fingers to add texture. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 26 July 2022 With rainy running, having the right gear can turn a sopping, uncomfortable run into an epic adventure. Shauna Harrison, SELF, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sopping was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Sopping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: thoroughly wet
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