Definition of soppy in English:

soppy

adjective

British
informal
  • 1Self-indulgently sentimental.

    ‘I look at babies with a soppy smile on my face’
    • ‘He was bold, outrageous, witty, shocking and sympathetic without being the least bit soppy or sentimental.’
    • ‘You don't have to sit in the full lotus position with a soppy smile on your face.’
    • ‘If you're soppy and sentimental you may like it; but otherwise, I wouldn't bother.’
    • ‘Without getting all soppy about it, we've been a great story for football, haven't we?’
    • ‘As a soppy old romantic I didn't mind who got the girl as long as Arthur got his cup of tea.’
    • ‘The lifeboat fund can well do without such soppy sentiments.’
    • ‘The message is a bit soppy, but most of the story isn't.’
    • ‘It is clever without being slick, sentimental without being soppy.’
    • ‘You love all things fluffy and lovely, and probably enjoy romantic novels and soppy poems.’
    • ‘What threatens to be merely a soppy love story among the wagons and petticoats becomes something more dramatic.’
    • ‘He wanted to tell her that, soppy and sickeningly sentimental as it sounded, he'd have missed her more than words could entirely express.’
    • ‘I was like some girl in a movie theatre, watching this heart-breakingly sad moment in a soppy romantic movie and wanting to stop the moment.’
    • ‘I thought it was going to be some soppy 1930's romantic comedy and while it wasn't exactly Kafka it was better than I was expecting.’
    • ‘And you're not the only soppy romantic around here.’
    • ‘I come clean in admitting I am a soppy sentimentalist at heart.’
    • ‘Having started off writing formulaic commercial fiction, soppy stories for women's magazines, she now begins each novel knowing little more than how she wants it to feel.’
    • ‘But after they'd proved to each other they weren't soppy romantics, they admitted there was more to the story.’
    • ‘You could do soppy romantic things like that and people would just roll their eyes at you and leave you be.’
    • ‘And with that unfocused and slightly soppy sentiment, I'm off to bed.’
    • ‘There's no story; no soppy lyrics; it's not exploitative or nasty; it's closer to circus, but with simpler tricks and better music.’
    sentimental, over-sentimental, overemotional, mawkish, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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  • 2Lacking spirit and strength of character; feeble.

    ‘my little sisters were too soppy for our adventurous games’
    • ‘I feel it is very insulting to be treated as a silly, soppy older woman.’
    • ‘Some story threads are underdeveloped, and Emily's soppy character is wisely ditched early on.’
    silly, foolish, soft, feeble, namby-pamby, cowardly, spineless
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Origin

Early 19th century (in the sense ‘soaked with water’): from sop + -y.

Pronunciation

soppy

/ˈsɒpi/