Definitions

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

  • adj. Thoroughly soaked; saturated.
  • adj. Soggy and heavy from improper cooking; doughy.
  • adj. Expressionless, stupid, or dull, especially from drink.
  • adj. Unimaginative; torpid.
  • transitive v. To make or become sodden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. soaked or drenched with liquid; soggy, saturated
  • adj. stupid as a result of drunkenness
  • v. To drench, soak or saturate.
  • v. To become soaked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Boiled; seethed; also, soaked; heavy with moisture; saturated.
  • intransitive v. To be seethed; to become sodden.
  • transitive v. To soak; to make heavy with water.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. wet through and through; thoroughly wet

Etymologies

Middle English soden, boiled, past participle of sethen, to boil; see seethe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English soden, past participle of seoþan ("to cook", "to boil") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In reporter-editor patois, “fine” is a word sodden with contempt.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • 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.

    View from the Northern Border

  • The streets were filled with a new and different race of people, short of stature, and of wretched or beer-sodden appearance.

    THE DESCENT

  • 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.

    Restaurant review: Create

  • 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.

    Curator Tries to Save Stricken City's History

  • 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.

    City's Identity Wrapped Up in Damaged Papers; Now, Volunteers Race to Restore Their History

  • He saw the red-smeared blade come out the other side as it pierced sinew and muscle then sunk deep into the sodden ground.

    Dust and Blood

  • 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.

    Dust and Blood

  • 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.

    From Hitler to Gaddafi: dictators and their bunkers

  • 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.

    Tacita Dean Reflects on Time

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