from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To dip, soak, or drench in a liquid; saturate.
- transitive v. To take up by absorption: sop up water with a paper towel.
- n. A piece of food soaked or dipped in a liquid.
- n. Something yielded to placate or soothe.
- n. A bribe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something entirely soaked.
- n. A piece of solid food to be soaked in liquid food.
- n. Something given or done to pacify or bribe.
- n. A weak, easily frightened or ineffectual person; a milksop
- n. Gravy. (Appalachian)
- v. To steep or dip in any liquid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything steeped, or dipped and softened, in any liquid; especially, something dipped in broth or liquid food, and intended to be eaten.
- n. Anything given to pacify; -- so called from the sop given to Cerberus, as related in mythology.
- n. A thing of little or no value.
- transitive v. To steep or dip in any liquid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something soaked; a morsel, as of bread, dipped in a liquid before being eaten; a piece of bread softened, as in broth or milk, or intended to be so softened.
- n. Hence A morsel of food; a small portion of food or drink; a mouthful; a bite.
- n. Something given to pacify or quiet; a bribe: so used in allusion to the sop given to Cerberus in order to secure a quiet entrance to the lower world.
- n. A small piece; a fragment: a particle; hence, a trifle; a thing of little or no value.
- To dip or soak in a liquid.
- To take up by absorption: followed by up: as, to sop up water with a sponge.
- To soak in; penetrate, as a liquid; percolate.
- To be drenched; be soaked with wet: as, his clothes were sopping with rain.
- n. An abbreviation of soprano.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a concession given to mollify or placate
- v. dip into liquid
- v. be or become thoroughly soaked or saturated with a liquid
- v. cover with liquid; pour liquid onto
- n. piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
- n. a prescribed procedure to be followed routinely
- v. give a conciliatory gift or bribe to
From Middle English soppe, bread dipped in liquid, from Old English sopp- (in soppcuppe, cup for dipping bread in).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English soppe, from Old English sopp 'sopped bread', from Proto-Germanic *sauppa (compare Dutch sop, Old High German sopfa), deverbative of *sūpanan 'to sup'. More at sup; compare soup. (Wiktionary)