From soap +‎ -y. Compare German Low German sepig (soapy), German seifig (soapy), Swedish såpig (soapy).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsəʊpi/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsoʊpi/
  • Rhymes: -əʊpi


soapy (comparative soapier, superlative soapiest)

  1. Resembling soap.
    a soapy taste
  2. Resembling a soap opera.
    • 2021 September 22, Caroline Siede, “Dear Evan Hansen is a misfire on just about every level”, in AV Club[1]:
      The heightened worlds of darkly comedic satire and soapy high-school romance make it easy enough to roll with unrealistic casting choices—and that goes for stage musicals, too, where some level of artifice is built into the format.
  3. Full of soap.
    soapy water
  4. Covered in soap.
    His skin was still soapy after the shower.
  5. (dated) Committing or involving flattery.

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