(countable and uncountable, plural soaps)
- (uncountable) A substance able to mix with both oil and water, used for cleaning, often in the form of a solid bar or in liquid form, derived from fats or made synthetically.
- I tried washing my hands with soap, but the stain wouldn't go away.
- (countable, informal) A soap opera.
(third-person singular simple present soaps, present participle soaping, simple past and past participle soaped)
- To apply soap to in washing.
- Be sure to soap yourself well before rinsing.
- (informal) To cover with soap as a prank.
- Those kids soaped my windows!
- (informal) To be discreet about (a topic).
- (slang, dated) To flatter; to wheedle.
From Middle English sope, sape, from Old English sÄpe (“soap, salve"), from Proto-Germanic *saipÇ, from Proto-Indo-European *seyb-, *seyp- (“to pour out, drip, trickle, strain"). Cognate with Scots saip, sape (“soap"), West Frisian sjippe (“soap"), Dutch zeep (“soap"), Low German sepe (“soap"), German Seife (“soap"), Swedish sÃ¥pa (“soap"), Icelandic sÃ¡pa (“soap"). Related also to Old English sÄp (“amber, resin, pomade, unguent"), Latin sÄ“bum (“tallow, fat, grease"). See seep.