Definition of soup in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘What you don't use of the leaves can be dried and used in vegetable soups or making stocks.’
    • ‘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 use of fish sauce produces a lighter accent in simmered dishes and soups than the soy sauce of China.’
    • ‘Nick's soup was a rich brown colour and had a full-bodied mushroom flavour.’
    • ‘Refreshments including soup, brown bread, tea or coffee will be served.’
    • ‘Repeat a few times before adding the cream mixture the hot soup.’
    • ‘Their menu offers a host of wholesome dishes, delicious homemade soups, open sandwiches on fresh home-baked bread, ciabattas, wraps and tempting salads.’
    • ‘Some families have pantries that are well-stocked and plentiful; refrigerators bursting with Tupperware containers of homemade sauces and soups and salads.’
    • ‘For starters there are forty-two different kinds of mezes, cold dishes, soups and salads all for a modest £2.95 each.’
    • ‘Truffles, sauces, soups, meat dishes, desserts all are easy to learn and easy to cook.’
    • ‘White meat, which holds its shape and has a bright color and smooth texture, is wonderful for salads, clear soups and pasta dishes.’
    • ‘This substantial soup is almost like dhal in its consistency and flavour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The menu features $4 to $6 appetizers, with soups and salads costing as little as $3 to $8.’
    • ‘My mom makes wonderful lentil soup; it's full of protein and extremely healthy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had crispy chicken with thick noodle soup and mum had seafood with noodles.’
    • ‘I do a lot of the food preparation - I make him home-made soups and pasta dishes and stuff.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘And, just as he had feared, the road turned promptly into thick, clinging soup.’
    • ‘Smoke from factories, gasoline fumes from automobiles and poisonous chemical gases combine to form a pernicious soup in the air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was an intense debate about the chemical soup emitted by the many pulp mills in Europe and North America.’
    • ‘The chemical soup contains ten times more salt than seawater.’
    • ‘But more folks than you'd think toss hooks in that brown soup because there are some lunkers in the murky depths.’
    • ‘It could be the chemical soup surrounding the cells, not the cells themselves, that's at fault in aging.’
    • ‘As she hit the water, she pumped her arms to keep herself submerged, but Marcy was no swimmer, especially in this thick soup.’
    • ‘This soup consists of quark building blocks and gluons, the ‘force carriers.’’
    • ‘I passed plunging gorges, streams in spate, riverbanks ripped open, fields flooded, a brown soup drowning the track.’
    • ‘We are living in a soup of seething, teeming, tiny organisms upon which all life on this planet is dependent.’
    1. 2.1informal The chemicals in which film is developed.
  • 3US informal Nitroglycerine or gelignite, especially as used for safe-breaking.


[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Increase the power and efficiency of an engine or other machine.

    ‘a souped-up Ford with big rear wheels’
    • ‘I'm typing this from bed, on a seven-year-old laptop that's been souped up and made wireless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I chatted about Switzerland and languages with his father and souping up cars with his brothers.’
    • ‘Remember that the machine you've just souped up so dramatically is going to need a little more fuel moving forward.’
    • ‘There is a law against selling tobacco to under-16s but not against shops souping up bikes, making them unsafe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Make something more elaborate or impressive.
      ‘we had to soup up the show for the new venue’
      • ‘Since then the organization has souped up its political operation, greatly increasing unity, energy, sophistication and mobilization of staff and members.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Internet Explorer browser has also been souped up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


Middle English: from Old French soupe sop, broth (poured on slices of bread), from late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin.