Definitions

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  • adj. Without soap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lacking soap; free from soap; hence, unwashed.

Etymologies

soap +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not only does the low pH make them "soapless" and gentler on skin, but these little wonders take care of the common winter dryness plague.

    Cool Hunting

  • Cold, soapless showers or colloidal oatmeal baths (Aveeno) can soothe the itchy skin.

    Summertime Skin Irritants

  • R+L had a soapless bath and the water was used for the paddling pool, with lots of salt in so that it will take longer to go icky

    The water is wide, I cannot swim oooooooover

  • And I have my little soapless solution that I carry around with me.

    CNN Transcript Jul 23, 2002

  • He scrubbed the fry pan with a worn, soapless steel pad.

    Brannon's Choice

  • His infant brother Peter yelled viciously in the big gray-stone house, and the great sawmill snarled half a mile away, while he waited patiently for the soapless water to remove all plantain stains from his brown legs, the cause of this immersion.

    The Best Short Stories of 1917 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • Naked to the waist, they knelt like washerwomen, and rubbed the soapless linen against smooth stones, or wrung it wrathfully, or turning, spread it, grey-white, upon the grass to dry.

    The Long Roll

  • "Thank-ye, old boy," said Dartmore, putting on his glove before he accepted the offered hand of his new friend, which, though it was tendered with great grace and dignity, was of a marvellously dingy and soapless aspect.

    Pelham — Volume 04

  • Other experts advise using a soapless cleanser or a gentle soap that's free of fragrance, deodorant or antibacterial additives, as these are drying.

    The Seattle Times

  • The grandmother, assisted by a couple of her young women, found ample occupation in first catching and next washing the junior branches of the colonists: these appeared already aware of their being in a country where every individual thinks for himself, or at least thinks he does, which comes to the same thing, for they stoutly resisted, to the last extremity, the soapless saline ablutions profusely administered by their great grandam.

    Impressions of America During the years 1833, 1834 and 1835. In Two Volumes, Volume I.

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