American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To dip, soak, or drench in a liquid; saturate.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete A thing of little or no value.
- v. To steep or dip in any liquid.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
“The utility on Friday said it would begin initial compensation payments of up to ¥1 million, or about $12,000, to residents from an 18-mile zone around the plant—an offer some evacuees called an insufficient, short-term sop.”
“But prices are now, at least in our area, $3.75 or so a gallon, and in the meantime domestic oil companies are making record profits and were just thrown a multi-million dollar sop from the energy bill.”
“Sugar sop is na o'er digestible to th 'best o' 'em.”
“At that moment the sop is given; offer of friendship is once more made -- and how affectingly!”
“Guest Katty Kay of BBC World News America also questioned the strategy, saying that it might be a short-term sop to Obama's left-wing base, but it may end up alienating the independent voters that helped elect the president.”
“This soup looks wonderful..and I enjoyed reading about "sop" -- thinking about it, soup really is great for dipping bread in, so it really makes sense!”
“Some have heard that he went thence to Augusta; others aver that in their opinion, he travelled away down into the low country "whar they call sop, gravy; again, some say that a man very much like him was seen travelling in the Cherokee country; and not a few contend that he married, and settled in an adjoining eastern county, leading a quiet and blameless life for many years.”
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“In captivity these birds have been found to live well upon sweetened milk-sop, which is made by pouring boiling milk upon crumbled bread or biscuit.”
“Then, too, there is the property clause in the Convention of Madrid, which has been described as the sop by means of which the Powers were induced to accept other less favourable stipulations.”
“There are, however, several kinds of fruit besides those which have been already mentioned; particularly the sweet-sop, which is well known to the West Indians, and a small oval fruit, called the _blimbi_, both of which grow upon trees.”
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