From Middle English sop, soppe, sope, from Old English sopa (“sopped bread”), from Proto-Germanic *supô (compare Dutch sop, Old High German sopfa), deverbative of *sūpaną (“to sup”). More at sup; compare soup.
sop (plural sops)
- Something entirely soaked.
- A piece of solid food to be soaked in liquid food.
- Something given or done to pacify or bribe.
- A weak, easily frightened or ineffectual person; a milksop
- (Appalachia) Gravy.
- (obsolete) A thing of little or no value.
- A piece of turf placed in the road as a target for a throw in road bowling.
sop (third-person singular simple present sops, present participle sopping, simple past and past participle sopped)
- (transitive) To steep or dip in any liquid.
- (intransitive) To soak in, or be soaked; to percolate.