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


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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(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. (Wiktionary)



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