soup
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /suːp/
  • (America) enPR: so͞op, IPA: /sup/
Noun

soup

  1. Any of various dishes commonly made by combining liquids, such as water or stock with other ingredients, such as meat and vegetables, that contribute flavor and texture.
    Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup.
    • c. 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin, ed., Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London: N. Trübner & Co. for the Early English Text Society, volume I, OCLC 374760 ↗, page 11:
      Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke […] caste þher-to Safroun an Salt […]
    1. (countable) A serving of such a dish, typically in a bowl.
    2. (uncountable) The liquid part of such a dish; the broth.
  2. (figuratively) Any mixture or substance suggestive of soup consistency.
    1. (slang) Thick fog or cloud (also pea soup).
    2. (US, slang) Nitroglycerin or gelignite, especially when used for safe-cracking.
    3. (cant) Dope (illicit drug, used for making horses run faster or to change their personality).
    4. (photography) Processing chemicals into which film is dipped, such as developer.
    5. (biology) Liquid or gelatinous substrate, especially the mixture of organic compounds that is believe to have played a role in the origin of life on Earth.
      primordial soup
    6. (UK, informal, often with "the") An unfortunate situation; trouble, problems (a fix, a mess); chaos.
    7. (surfing) The foamy portion of a wave.
Related terms Translations Translations Verb

soup (soups, present participle souping; past and past participle souped)

  1. (uncommon) To feed: to provide with soup or a meal.
    • 1904 October, East is East and West is West, in The Vassar Miscellany, volume 34, number 1, page 236:
      "I was so mad, I let him wait half an hour to-night before I souped him."
    • , Diza Sauers, Historama, page 152:
      She cooked huge stock pots and souped her dogs once a day.
  2. (photography) To develop (film) in a (chemical) developing solution.
    • 1970 December, in The Rotarian, volume 117, number 6, page 31:
      That girl Vivienne, by the way, once worked as a secretary in the workshop of The Rotarian, began "souping" her own snapshots at home, went from there to top rank as a New York color photographer specializing in small children […]
    • 1991, Ruth Jean Dale, Society Page:
      "Then perhaps it won't surprise you to learn Annie's taking over the Sunday social column," Roz said. "You photo-guys'll be souping her film."
    • 1998, Edward Gorman, Cold Blue Midnight:
      And her camera position had been completely out of his sight. Satisfied that she'd gotten everything she'd needed - much more, in fact - she went back inside and got to work. Jill had souped her first photographs while she'd been on […]
Verb

soup (soups, present participle souping; past and past participle souped)

  1. Alternative form of sup
Noun

soup (plural soups)

  1. Alternative form of sup
Verb

soup (soups, present participle souping; past and past participle souped)

  1. (obsolete) To sup or swallow.
Verb

soup (soups, present participle souping; past and past participle souped)

  1. (obsolete) To breathe out; to draw out.
  2. (obsolete) To sweep.



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