Definition of soup in English:



mass noun
  • 1A liquid dish, typically savoury and made by boiling meat, fish, or vegetables etc. in stock or water.

    ‘a bowl of tomato soup’
    • ‘Most sodium in a person's diet comes from eating processed and prepared foods, such as canned vegetables, soups, luncheon meats, frozen foods and commercial baked goods.’
    • ‘It will add a brilliant colour, flavour and aroma to salads, soups, vegetables, grilled fish, roast chicken and, in particular, this dish of roasted double lamb chops with white bean purée.’
    • ‘Refreshments including soup, brown bread, tea or coffee will be served.’
    • ‘Truffles, sauces, soups, meat dishes, desserts all are easy to learn and easy to cook.’
    • ‘The menu features $4 to $6 appetizers, with soups and salads costing as little as $3 to $8.’
    • ‘Nick's soup was a rich brown colour and had a full-bodied mushroom flavour.’
    • ‘This substantial soup is almost like dhal in its consistency and flavour.’
    • ‘White meat, which holds its shape and has a bright color and smooth texture, is wonderful for salads, clear soups and pasta dishes.’
    • ‘I had crispy chicken with thick noodle soup and mum had seafood with noodles.’
    • ‘For starters there are forty-two different kinds of mezes, cold dishes, soups and salads all for a modest £2.95 each.’
    • ‘A diet of salad, soups, fish and pasta, with plenty of spring water, juices and herbal teas will leave them detoxed from the inside out.’
    • ‘The soups were equally good; the potato soup was thick and creamy and was served in a deep bowl with a generous helping of croutons.’
    • ‘Repeat a few times before adding the cream mixture the hot soup.’
    • ‘My mom makes wonderful lentil soup; it's full of protein and extremely healthy.’
    • ‘I do a lot of the food preparation - I make him home-made soups and pasta dishes and stuff.’
    • ‘The use of fish sauce produces a lighter accent in simmered dishes and soups than the soy sauce of China.’
    • ‘Some families have pantries that are well-stocked and plentiful; refrigerators bursting with Tupperware containers of homemade sauces and soups and salads.’
    • ‘Their menu offers a host of wholesome dishes, delicious homemade soups, open sandwiches on fresh home-baked bread, ciabattas, wraps and tempting salads.’
    • ‘What you don't use of the leaves can be dried and used in vegetable soups or making stocks.’
    • ‘Meat and fish stock soups, grilled jumbo prawns, barbecued chicken, lamb drumsticks and pork spare-ribs are winter specials served on rooftops.’
  • 2A substance or mixture regarded as resembling soup in appearance or consistency.

    ‘the waves and the water beyond have become a thick brown soup’
    • ‘The chemical soup contains ten times more salt than seawater.’
    • ‘There was an intense debate about the chemical soup emitted by the many pulp mills in Europe and North America.’
    • ‘This soup consists of quark building blocks and gluons, the ‘force carriers.’’
    • ‘We are living in a soup of seething, teeming, tiny organisms upon which all life on this planet is dependent.’
    • ‘And, just as he had feared, the road turned promptly into thick, clinging soup.’
    • ‘The ocean swell presses a thick plankton soup into the fjords and channels in the area, forming a base for an impressive array of underwater life forms.’
    • ‘I passed plunging gorges, streams in spate, riverbanks ripped open, fields flooded, a brown soup drowning the track.’
    • ‘As she hit the water, she pumped her arms to keep herself submerged, but Marcy was no swimmer, especially in this thick soup.’
    • ‘It could be the chemical soup surrounding the cells, not the cells themselves, that's at fault in aging.’
    • ‘Smoke from factories, gasoline fumes from automobiles and poisonous chemical gases combine to form a pernicious soup in the air.’
    • ‘But more folks than you'd think toss hooks in that brown soup because there are some lunkers in the murky depths.’
    1. 2.1informal The chemicals in which film is developed.
  • 3US informal Nitroglycerine or gelignite, especially as used for safe-breaking.


[with object]soup something up", often as adjective "souped-up
  • 1Increase the power and efficiency of an engine or other machine.

    ‘a souped-up Ford with big rear wheels’
    • ‘The buggies are souped up and the roar of engines, part of the glamour of the sport, is certain to be heard in Easkey, Ballina, Enniscrone, and even 18 miles away in Foxford if the wind is blowing in that direction, not to mention the sand.’
    • ‘I bought a car and spent an extra $15,000 to $20,000 souping it up.’
    • ‘Much imitated but never really equaled, they were souped up by enthusiasts who added enhanced electronics and programming software.’
    • ‘There is a law against selling tobacco to under-16s but not against shops souping up bikes, making them unsafe.’
    • ‘I chatted about Switzerland and languages with his father and souping up cars with his brothers.’
    • ‘I'm typing this from bed, on a seven-year-old laptop that's been souped up and made wireless.’
    • ‘Remember that the machine you've just souped up so dramatically is going to need a little more fuel moving forward.’
    • ‘In the mid to late fifties, guys spent all their time souping up older cars with whatever parts they could find.’
    • ‘One owner claims to have souped his machine up to 1.067GHz with a simple flip of a few resistors on the new machine's motherboard.’
    1. 1.1 Make something more elaborate or impressive.
      ‘we had to soup up the show for the new venue’
      • ‘It is caravan owners who are taking caravanning to a new level of luxury and souping up their vehicles to compete with the most gadget-filled front room.’
      • ‘Each song is souped up with backing tracks that avoid domination, but power the driving beats of the carefully curated anthems.’
      • ‘In fact, the movie's low-rent (by today's standards) technical effects have more soul and charm than the additional footage, which has been souped up with plenty of CGI.’
      • ‘After a quick patch to make the code easily compilable, the developers have been souping the whole thing up to support modern gaming systems.’
      • ‘To that end, the entire defense has been souped up, as position changes were instituted in the spring to get more speed on the field.’
      • ‘These structurally sound houses will then presumably be sold off to a private concern and souped up for sale, or demolished and replaced with luxury flats to be flogged off to rich Londoners at £250,000 a throw.’
      • ‘They have souped up their childcare programmes in resorts served by direct flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow, offering six full-day or half-day deals instead of the previous five.’
      • ‘The Internet Explorer browser has also been souped up.’
      • ‘I haven't discussed the report here as it sends me into a paroxysm of despair but it is now irrefutable that the evidence against him was souped up.’
      • ‘Since then the organization has souped up its political operation, greatly increasing unity, energy, sophistication and mobilization of staff and members.’


  • from soup to nuts

    • informal From beginning to end; completely.

      ‘I know all about that game from soup to nuts’
      • ‘And what that means is that that organization has an ability from soup to nuts, top to bottom, to conduct independent operations.’
      • ‘It may be time for another ‘bottom up review’ - another holistic review of defense policy from soup to nuts - that assesses the threat and what it will take to fight it.’
      • ‘The standard model for years and years was to build a TV news station and fill it with everything from soup to nuts.’
      • ‘Disc two is a real gem, complete with a 49-minute ‘making of’ documentary that covers the entire production from soup to nuts.’
      • ‘By understanding the process from soup to nuts you can be much more effective in solving user problems and developing a product that delights.’
      • ‘We purchase all the equipment, lay it out and then, from soup to nuts, run the place.’
      • ‘Yesterday, you got to hear discussions of everything from soup to nuts.’
      • ‘We talked about everything from soup to nuts and eventually the conversation turned toward the war.’
      • ‘They publish handbooks, newsletters, and websites that seek to address charter schools' concerns, from soup to nuts.’
      • ‘Yet he remains an enduring icon who sells the public everything from soup to nuts because he doesn't have to sell himself.’
  • in the soup

    • informal In trouble.

      ‘I've lost the money—I'm in the soup’
      • ‘It has now turned into a boomerang which has left the policy makers in the soup with the councillors displaying a deep-seated opposition to the plan for an incinerator.’
      • ‘Many indignant customers led the vigilance officers straight to the errant trader who had got them in the soup.’
      • ‘On the pitch, the team may seem to be in the soup, with several bad results in the wake of their record-breaking unbeaten run coming to an end.’
      • ‘A band of robbers landed in the soup when they hailed what they thought was a taxi but which turned out to be a police car.’
      • ‘What's more, live action is in the soup; merchandising is off; video sales are down; the parks have reached the limits of growth.’
      • ‘They are in the soup over the spelling of 'palate' in a press release trumpeting the fact that the eatery would be opening in September.’
      • ‘Furthermore, something kept telling him that this time he could really be in the soup and that in future he really would have to stop and think before he ever did anything like that again.’
      • ‘There is a blistering certainty the entire scheme will go belly up, leaving Gray deeper in the soup.’
      • ‘It would break my heart to see him in the soup.’
      • ‘The local DJ landed himself in the soup with a few of his listeners over the weekend when he ran an item on ‘Irishisms’.’
      in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wall
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Middle English: from Old French soupe ‘sop, broth (poured on slices of bread)’, from late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin.