Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A liquid food prepared from meat, fish, or vegetable stock combined with various other ingredients and often containing solid pieces.
  • n. A liquid rich in organic compounds and providing favorable conditions for the emergence and growth of life forms: primordial soup.
  • n. Slang Something having the appearance or a consistency suggestive of soup, especially:
  • n. Slang Dense fog.
  • n. Slang Nitroglycerine.
  • n. A chaotic or unfortunate situation.
  • soup up Slang To modify (something) so as to increase its capacity to perform or satisfy, especially to add horsepower or greater speed potential to (an engine or a vehicle).
  • idiom in the soup Slang Having difficulties; in trouble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various dishes commonly made by combining liquids, such as water or stock with other ingredients, such as meat and vegetables, that contribute flavor and texture.
  • n. Any mixture or substance suggestive of soup consistency.
  • v. To feed: to provide with soup or a meal.
  • v. To be in trouble or in difficulty (often passive--cf. in the soup).
  • v. To develop (film) in a (chemical) developing solution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A liquid food of many kinds, usually made by boiling meat and vegetables, or either of them, in water, -- commonly seasoned or flavored; strong broth.
  • transitive v. To sup or swallow.
  • transitive v. To breathe out.
  • transitive v. To sweep. See sweep, and swoop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of soop, swoop.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of sup.
  • n. In cookery, originally, a liquor with something soaked in it, as a sop of bread; now, a broth; a liquid dish served usually before fish or meat at dinner.
  • n. A kind of picnic in which a great pot of soup is the principal feature. Compare the like use of chowder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dope (a racehorse)
  • n. an unfortunate situation
  • n. any composition having a consistency suggestive of soup
  • n. liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English soupe, from Old French, of Germanic origin. Soup up, from soup, material injected into a horse to make it run faster (influenced by supercharge).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

(1645) Middle French soupe, from Old French souppe, sope, from Late Latin suppa ("sopped bread"), from Proto-Germanic *supô (compare Middle Dutch sope ("broth"). See also sop.

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