What does soap mean?

Definitions for soapsoʊp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word soap.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soap(noun)

    a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats

  2. soap(noun)

    money offered as a bribe

  3. soap, scoop, max, liquid ecstasy, grievous bodily harm, goop, Georgia home boy, easy lay(verb)

    street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate

  4. soap, lather(verb)

    rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning


  1. soap(Noun)

    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.

  2. soap(Noun)

    A soap opera.

  3. soap(Verb)

    To apply soap to in washing.

    Be sure to soap yourself well before rinsing.

  4. soap(Verb)

    To cover with soap as a prank.

    Those kids soaped my windows!

  5. soap(Verb)

    To be discreet about (a topic).

  6. Origin: From sope, sape, from sape, from saipōn, from seib-. Cognate with saip, sape, sjippe, zeep, sepe, Seife, såpa, sápa. Related also to sap, sebum. See seep.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soap(noun)

    a substance which dissolves in water, thus forming a lather, and is used as a cleansing agent. Soap is produced by combining fats or oils with alkalies or alkaline earths, usually by boiling, and consists of salts of sodium, potassium, etc., with the fatty acids (oleic, stearic, palmitic, etc.). See the Note below, and cf. Saponification. By extension, any compound of similar composition or properties, whether used as a cleaning agent or not

  2. Soap(verb)

    to rub or wash over with soap

  3. Soap(verb)

    to flatter; to wheedle

  4. Origin: [OE. sope, AS. spe; akin to D. zeep, G. seife, OHG. seifa, Icel. spa, Sw. spa, Dan. sbe, and perhaps to AS. span to drip, MHG. sfen, and L. sebum tallow. Cf. Saponaceous.]


  1. SOAP

    SOAP, originally defined as Simple Object Access Protocol, is a protocol specification for exchanging structured information in the implementation of Web Services in computer networks. It relies on XML Information Set for its message format, and usually relies on other Application Layer protocols, most notably Hypertext Transfer Protocol or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, for message negotiation and transmission.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Soap

    sōp, n. a compound of oils or fats with soda (hard soaps) or potash (soft soaps), used in washing: (slang) soft words, flattery: (U.S. slang) money used for bribery and other secret political purposes.—v.t. to rub or wash with soap: to flatter.—ns. Soap′-ball, soap made into a ball, often with starch, as an emollient; Soap′berry, the fruit of several species of trees belonging to the genus Sapindus, containing a pulp useful as a substitute for soap in washing; Soap′-boil′er, one whose occupation is to make soap; Soap′-boil′ing, the occupation of making soap; Soap′-bub′ble, a bubble made from soap-suds by blowing through a pipe; Soap′iness; Soap′-lock, a lock of hair brushed apart from the rest: a rowdy; Soap′-pan, a large tank for boiling the ingredients in soap-making; Soap′-plant, a plant the bulb of which makes a thick lather when rubbed on clothes, and is used as soap; Soap′-stone, a soft kind of magnesian rock having a soapy feel, also called Steatite; Soap′-suds (s. and pl.), soapy water, esp. when worked into a foam; Soap′-test, a test for determining the degree of hardness of water; Soap′-works, a place where soap is made; Soap′wort, a genus of plants, some of the species of which have very beautiful flowers, and the root and leaves of which contain saponin, and hence are sometimes used in washing.—adj. Soap′y, like soap: having the qualities of soap: covered with soap: flattering, or pertaining to flattery. [A.S. sápe; Dut. zeep, Ger. seife.]

Editors Contribution

  1. soap

    A type of substance and product created and formulated in various colors, chemical, formula, liquid where vital, scent and substances and used for a variety of purposes according to the manufacturer product creation and purpose.

    Soap comes in many forms i.e. a bar of soap, liquid soap etc.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'soap' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3833

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'soap' in Nouns Frequency: #2318


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of soap in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of soap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Springfield:

    I was a one-dimensional soap-opera pretty boy.

  2. Peter Rabinowitz:

    You can go a long way with hand washing with soap and water.

  3. Bill Cosby:

    Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

  4. Reuters Ripa:

    I was working on the soap [ All My Children ] and I didn't make a lot of money.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    This is not a soap opera of personalities, i'm not interested in playing that game.

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