An example of soap is the bar sitting next to a bathroom sink used for washing hands.
Be sure to soap yourself well before rinsing.
Those kids soaped my windows!
- Not possible or permissible.
- Unsuccessful; futile.
- the offer, idea, etc. is not acceptable
- to no avail
Origin of soap
- Middle English sope from Old English sāpe
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English sope, sape, from Old English sāpe (“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 sápa (“soap"). Related also to Old English sāp (“amber, resin, pomade, unguent"), Latin sÄ“bum (“tallow, fat, grease"). See seep.