American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Thoroughly soaked; saturated.
- adj. Soggy and heavy from improper cooking; doughy.
- adj. Expressionless, stupid, or dull, especially from drink.
- adj. Unimaginative; torpid.
- v. To make or become sodden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Boiled; seethed.
- Soaked and softened, as in water; soaked through and through; soggy; pulpy; pultaceous; of bread, not well baked; doughy.
- Having the appearance of having been subjected to long boiling; parboiled; bloated; soaked or saturated, as with drink.
- To be seethed or soaked; settle down as if by seething or boiling.
- To become soft, as by rotting.
- To soak; fill the tissues of with water, as in the process of seething; saturate.
- Of sods; soddy.
- adj. soaked or drenched with liquid; soggy, saturated
- adj. figuratively stupid as a result of drunkenness
- v. transitive To drench, soak or saturate.
- v. intransitive To become soaked.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Boiled; seethed; also, soaked; heavy with moisture; saturated.
- v. To be seethed; to become sodden.
- v. To soak; to make heavy with water.
- adj. wet through and through; thoroughly wet
- From Middle English, from Old English soden, past participle of seoþan ("to cook", "to boil") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English soden, boiled, past participle of sethen, to boil; see seethe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In reporter-editor patois, “fine” is a word sodden with contempt.”
“Comedian Jimmy Kimmel showed that poor attempt at flight with the reconstructed Wright flyer on his late night show -- I noticed that the re-enactor was on a too-short track, at a too-steep pitch, in sodden weather, and didn't have two men holding up the wing tips, unlike the Wrights -- it was a recipe for mud-diving, which he did.”
“The streets were filled with a new and different race of people, short of stature, and of wretched or beer-sodden appearance.”
“In a world sodden with motivational cobblers which regularly commits grievous bodily harm against the English language, we can be forgiven for being hostile to this sort of stuff.”
“They are rinsing the salt from fishing nets and kimonos, drying sodden books, and scrubbing the bone tools with toothbrushes then treating them with alcohol to prevent mold and mildew from growing.”
“RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan—When the storage vault of this city's ruined library was finally cut open after the tsunami, the historic books inside had been reduced to sodden, mud-coated lumps.”
“He saw the red-smeared blade come out the other side as it pierced sinew and muscle then sunk deep into the sodden ground.”
“Out in the slanting rain Daemus scanned the sodden camp perched along the steep slopes, rows of small tents rendered insignificant by the backdrop of hilltops and ridges stretching to the nebulous gray horizon.”
“Forty rooms file off it, some of them so damp that they are filled today with stalagmites and stalactites formed by calcium dripping from the sodden concrete.”
“I spent my childhood outside in the garden and the fields around it, and you know, every single tree has a memory, every single plant is sodden with emotional content.”
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