A Word A Day : Sodden



Saturday, 8th March 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Sodden




( Verb & Adjective )



Pronunciation : sódd'-n


Definition : Verb


Past and past participle : soddened
Present participle : soddening
3rd person present singular : soddens


1. to soak or steep

2. to cook by boiling or simmering or to boil

3. to be in a state of agitation or excitement

4. to surge or foam as if boiling


Definition : Adjective



1. extremely wet and heavy with retained moisture

2. having dulled senses as a result of excessive drinking

3. heavy, lumpy or soggy as food that is poorly cooked

4. Unimaginative, torpid


Etymology:


13th century - Obsolete - past participle of seethe meaning soaking


Synonyms for Adjective


soggy, sopping, soppy, wet, besotted, crapulent, crapulous, drunk, drunken, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, tipsy


Synonyms for Verb


douse, drench, saturate, soak, sop, souse, wet


Antonyms for Adjective


arid, dried, dry, parched, cheerful,


Antonyms for Verb


dry, clean, neat, ordered, tidy


Contextual Examples:


• My shoes became
sodden the more we ran around on the wet field.

• London had wakened to life after three weeks of cold and
sodden rain.

• A peculiar stagnant smell hung over the anchorage--a smell of
sodden leaves and rotting tree trunks.

• The officer, a very young lad with a broad rosy face and keen merry eyes, galloped up to Denisov and handed him a
sodden envelope.


Related Words:


soddenly : Adverb

soddenness : Noun


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