soap·y / ˈsōpē/ • adj. (soap·i·er , soap·i·est ) 1. containing or covered with soap: hot soapy water. ∎ of or like soap: his hands smelled soapy. ∎ (of a person or behavior) unpleasantly flattering and ingratiating: a soapy, worshipful look. 2. inf. characteristic of a soap opera: soapy little turns of plot. DERIVATIVES: soap·i·ly / -pəlē/ adv. soap·i·ness n.