One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, like, or containing soap; soapy.
obsequious, servile, sycophantic, flattering, ingratiating, unctuous, oleaginous, oily, toadyish, slavish, bowing and scraping, grovelling, abject, crawling, creeping, cringing, prostrate, uriah heepishView synonyms
- ‘Its root is saponaceous, and is pounded into a pulp and used instead of soap by the natives.’
Early 18th century: from modern Latin saponaceus (from Latin sapo, sapon- ‘soap’) + -ous.
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