Definition of soaking in English:

soaking

adjective

  • Extremely wet; wet through:

    ‘his jacket was soaking’
    [as submodifier] ‘your hair's soaking wet’
    • ‘I caught him under one of the chairs and that's when I realized I'd gotten him soaking wet.’
    • ‘The weather today is typically British, which means if we go out on the bikes we will get soaking wet and covered in mud.’
    • ‘She started to walk, barefoot, soaking wet, for almost half a kilometre down the gravel road toward her friend to get help.’
    • ‘My hair was already plastered against my neck, soaking wet.’
    • ‘The rain is coming down in sheets, and while I'm hungry, I have no particular desire to get soaking wet and catch a cold.’
    • ‘He was soaking wet, but fully dressed in a black suit, with no clue as to his origin.’
    • ‘I was still soaking wet and just wanted a shower and some ice cream.’
    • ‘He was found soaking wet in the middle of the night, unable to speak and dressed in an expensive dinner suit.’
    • ‘Danny removed Emma's soaking clothes and she shivered, but didn't wake up.’
    • ‘He turned his head when his mother began to strip Allie of her soaking wet clothes.’
    • ‘She was soaking wet and had bald patches as well as open cuts and sores around her back legs.’
    • ‘And all the people and all the animals ran out into the rain, for they did not care that the fields were now muddy or that they were soaking wet.’
    • ‘I recall camping out with friends in a little makeshift tent; when it rained we all had to run home because we would all get soaking wet.’
    • ‘I was still soaking wet from the shower when he arrived at my apartment.’
    • ‘The entire room was soaking and sopping wet when we entered.’
    • ‘They were already soaking wet by the time they got to the front door.’
    • ‘Everything was soaking wet from the waterfall trek so I managed to get a washing line set up to dry our clothes.’
    • ‘It was freezing and I had to walk home my little grey silk lined shorts soaking wet and ruined.’
    • ‘He was shaking and was soaking wet with his own sweat.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago we noted the first three courses of brick, upon which the timber frame building is built, were soaking wet.’
    drenched, soaked, soaked to the skin, like a drowned rat, wet through, soaked through, sodden, soggy, waterlogged, saturated, streaming
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noun

  • An act of wetting something thoroughly:

    ‘in spring, give the soil a good soaking’
    • ‘The country side got a good steady soaking.’
    • ‘And while Leicester won, their fans got a thorough soaking on the open stand at Portsmouth.’
    • ‘Managers from the branch sat in the stocks outside being pelted with wet sponges, and firefighters turned up with a hose to give them a soaking.’
    • ‘It needs only a couple of deep soakings in July after the bloom to keep it from going brown in the heat of summer.’
    • ‘If the soil is dry, give it a good soaking otherwise the rhizomes can be difficult to lift, especially when congested.’
    • ‘Bathe or shower daily, but use warm, not hot water and avoid long soakings.’
    • ‘It is processed by a series of soakings, which remove the bitter taste, after which it can be boiled to make an edible jelly or dried and ground to a flour for bread-making.’
    • ‘Those living in Greater London are the least likely to hand-wash their cars with an average of just 2.2 soakings annually.’
    • ‘She allowed Yvonne plenty of rest and perhaps a few more soakings in the tub than was prudent.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, volunteers often take part in early evening hikes, stargazing and hot-spring soakings.’
    • ‘Several drivers have had to endure repeated soakings because their cars have no roof.’
    • ‘Spring is a changeable season with periods of fine weather broken by soakings of rain, he said.’
    • ‘Having already had a soaking, I opted to swim back across, and passed a few of the more determined members clinging to the walls on the way!’
    • ‘Between soakings, an adhesive bandage can protect the nail area.’
    • ‘The soaking also helps to clean the dried bean and speeds up the cooking time.’
    • ‘So it got a good soaking with soapy water too.’
    • ‘She added that the recent weather, thorough soakings followed by bright sunshine, had created ideal ground for the event.’
    • ‘Alison's stretch limousine surprise also came as a bit of a relief for Brian who had been dripping wet most of the day after countless soakings from work colleagues, who threw buckets of water over him.’
    • ‘Local street wardens will also volunteer for a soaking when they take a turn in the stocks.’
    • ‘Cover the holes with soil and give the bulbs a thorough soaking of water.’

Pronunciation:

soaking

/ˈsəʊkɪŋ/