Soy vs Sop - What's the difference?

soy | sop |

As a noun soy

is a chinese and japanese liquid sauce for fish, made by subjecting boiled beans to long fermentation and then long digestion in salt and water us preference is the term soy sauce .

As a verb sop is




Alternative forms

* soya


  • A Chinese and Japanese liquid sauce for fish, made by subjecting boiled beans to long fermentation and then long digestion in salt and water. US preference is the term soy sauce .
  • I like a little soy with my rice.
  • * 1902 — Annie R. Gregory, Woman's Favorite Cookbook , p381
  • Pour in four tablespoonfuls of sherry and four tablespoonfuls of soy , as much vinegar as the jar will hold, and cover closely until wanted.
  • Soybeans. Often used attributively.
  • These candles are made from soy .
    The soy crop is looking good this year.

    Derived terms

    * soy bean * soy milk * soy sauce




    (en noun)
  • Something entirely soaked.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The bounded waters / Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores, / And make a sop of all this solid globe.
  • A piece of solid food to be soaked in liquid food.
  • * Bible, John xiii. 26
  • He it is to whom I shall give a sop , when I have dipped it.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Sops in wine, quantity for quantity, inebriate more than wine itself.
  • Something given or done to pacify or bribe.
  • * L'Estrange
  • All nature is cured with a sop .
  • A weak, easily frightened or ineffectual person; a milksop
  • Gravy. (Appalachian)
  • (obsolete) A thing of little or no value.
  • (Piers Plowman)

    Derived terms

    * sippet


  • To steep or dip in any liquid.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year = 1928 , title = American Negro Folk-Songs , first = Newman Ivey , last = White , location = Cambridge , publisher = Harvard University Press , page = 227 , pageurl = , passage = When I die, don't bury me deep, / Put a jug of 'lasses at my feet, / And a piece of corn bread in my hand, / Gwine to sop my way to the promised land. }}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , date = 1945-12-27 , title = Sopping Bread May Be Done , first = Emily , last = Post , authorlink = Emily Post , newspaper = The Spokesman-Review , url =,6920966 , passage = So again let me say that sopping bread into gravy can be done properly merely by putting a piece down on the gravy and then soaking it with the help of a knife and fork as though it were any other food. But taking a soft piece of bread and pushing it under the sauce with your fingers, submerging them as well as the bread, or even wiping the plate with it would be very bad manners indeed. }}

    Derived terms

    * sop up


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