Definition of sodden in English:



  • 1Saturated with liquid, especially water; soaked through.

    ‘his clothes were sodden’
    • ‘Disappointment was the order of the day on Saturday last, as the planned Teddy Bears Picnic has to be called off due to a downpour on Friday night, which left the park in a dangerous and sodden condition.’
    • ‘I found the sodden mess in the laundry, saturated to the point where I tried to put them on, but for fear of contracting instantaneous pneumonia I decided against it.’
    • ‘Pink streamers swirled from my sodden jeans, tendrils of crimson whipping off into the water burbling around my boots.’
    • ‘The boy watched with curiosity as the burnt, sodden pieces of wood peeked out of the water, unmoving.’
    • ‘After six hours the pump had done its job, and there was a slushy sodden mass of tree-seeds and brackish water, and the pump was making a sound like a Jarvik heart filled with oatmeal.’
    • ‘Customers sloshed through inch-deep water at the door and across a sodden rug to wait at least 45 minutes for burritos and chalupas.’
    • ‘The fields, hillsides and dips in the land were freshly green from recent rain, occasionally dotted with brick houses or sheep, marked out in plots with fences, grey sodden hedges or small trees.’
    • ‘I stripped off my sodden socks and my snowsuit, already reeking of wet wool, and left them on the radiator.’
    • ‘The white water rushing over her skin, her sodden clothes dragging her down towards the rocks.’
    • ‘Shaking my head, I stood shakily to my legs and stumbled over to the water, taking off my sodden shirt and placing it on the ground next to me.’
    • ‘From where I was standing I could make out a thick ring of sodden weeds that enclosed a smaller circle of deep water.’
    • ‘Dew soaked grass and rain sodden leaves stubbornly refuse to give up their moisture, allowing the walker to squelch his way across the murky landscape.’
    • ‘As the car whizzes along the highway, Sonia stares out at the sodden fields.’
    • ‘Next we see him stretched out by a tiny fire, pulling off sodden boots, thick socks caked with dirty water which has started to harden.’
    • ‘The desaturated colours and muddy, rain sodden English countryside creates an air of foreboding entirely appropriate for a work that is more serious than its title suggests.’
    • ‘With mid-Atlantic states left sodden by an unusually wet summer, the winds toppled trees and rains flooded creeks and low-lying areas.’
    • ‘The surface was playable but a sodden pitch ensured passes either held up in standing water or skidded off the wet.’
    • ‘Mike looked out of the door at the sodden figure dancing joyously in the water from the sprinklers.’
    • ‘At 4.30 pm, when the referee squelched across the sodden turf, the odds seemed to be on the match being postponed because of the underfoot conditions.’
    • ‘Thus they went, a sopping sodden mess, each following the other out of the Square past the tall pines of the Mission and the Officers bedraggled salute.’
    soaking, soaking wet, soaked, soaked through, wet through, saturated, drenched, streaming
    waterlogged, soggy, saturated
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    1. 1.1[in combination]Having drunk an excessive amount of a particular alcoholic drink.
      ‘a whisky-sodden criminal’


[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Saturate (something) with water.

    ‘the rains have soddened the earth’
    • ‘An incoming tide soddens a dropped garment which cannot comfortably be resumed and is often abandoned to be carried out by the receding tide.’
    • ‘If the fish be a little more than half covered with water, and gradually brought to boil, then well covered down with your sauce-pan lid, and boiled gently till done, it will eat much richer, have a finer flavor, and be more firm than if cooked the old way, or rather drowned in water, which only soddens fish, and takes away the fine firmness so much prized.’
    • ‘Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire.’
    • ‘River and watercourse levels rocketed which led to homes and businesses being soddened, 15 schools closed and the emergency services at full stretch.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘boiled, cooked by boiling’): archaic past participle of seethe.