sodden

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sodden wet through and through; thoroughly wet "stood at the door drenched (or soaked) by the rain","the speaker's sodden collar","soppy clothes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sodden Boiled; seethed; also, soaked; heavy with moisture; saturated; as, sodden beef; sodden bread; sodden fields.
    • v. i Sodden To be seethed; to become sodden.
    • v. t Sodden To soak; to make heavy with water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sodden Boiled; seethed.
    • sodden Soaked and softened, as in water; soaked through and through; soggy; pulpy; pultaceous; of bread, not well baked; doughy.
    • sodden Having the appearance of having been subjected to long boiling; parboiled; bloated; soaked or saturated, as with drink.
    • sodden To be seethed or soaked; settle down as if by seething or boiling.
    • sodden To become soft, as by rotting.
    • sodden To soak; fill the tissues of with water, as in the process of seething; saturate.
    • sodden Of sods; soddy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.p Sodden sod′n of seethe, boiled: soaked thoroughly: boggy: doughy, not well baked: bloated, saturated with drink
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Usage

In literature:

The earth underfoot was sodden and slushy.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
The ground was marshy and sodden, and I sank deep into it at every step I took.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
The story of Henry Durie is dark enough, but could anyone stand beside the grave of that sodden monomaniac and not respect him?
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
A few hours later, sodden, sottish, he lay without motion, face to the sky.
"Half A Chance" by Frederic S. Isham
Thoo savvorless and sodden clod-heed!
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
Napoleon, coming up at 6.30 to the brow of the opposite slope, ordered a strong force to advance into the sodden clay of the valley.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
One of the added troubles which came to us on our return was the sodden condition of our hands in our bags at night.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The ground was sodden and deep with muck.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
The satanic cunning of the proposal was lost upon his sodden intellect.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Forcing his clumsy horse through a gap in the hedge, he galloped along the sodden field tracks to the shifting scene of commotion.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Therefore the cultivator must work uncomfortably in sodden clinging cotton feet and leg coverings.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
Alas, no ray of humor had ever penetrated the sombre work-sodden soul of that man.
"The Road" by Jack London
My clothes were sodden; my coat-tails flapped with a noise like pistol shots; my boots squeaked as I went.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896" by Various
Adrian declared himself to be the happiest of God's creatures and spent his days in joy-sodden idleness.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
His face, too, had changed, and not for the better: it was flushed, sodden and bearded, and the beard was dyed black.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873." by Various
For although this boar is sodden every morning he becomes whole again every night.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Water streamed from their hair, over their high cheeks, to drip upon their already sodden clothing.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
They brought tobacco, deer-skins, and some sodden fish.
"Great Epochs in American History, Vol. II" by Various
And he had tramped through a day of rain with sodden shoes and steaming garments.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
The High Street looks doubly dead; only a sodden orderly plashes up its spreading emptiness on a sodden horse.
"From Capetown to Ladysmith" by G. W. Steevens
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In poetry:

So when pale Death comes trailing
Her branch of sodden rue
She'll gather up my gay content
And know contentment too!
"Last Things" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Tossing, swirling, swept by the wind,
Beaten abaft by the rain,
The swallows high in the sodden sky
Circle oft and again.
"Storm-Twilight" by Cale Young Rice
Rest Master, for we be a-weary, weary
And would feel the fingers of the wind
Upon these lids that lie over us
Sodden and lead-heavy.
"The Eyes" by Ezra Pound
My mother's kiss was hot with fight,
My father's frenzy filled his son,
Through reeking day and sodden night
My sister's courage urged me on.
"An Address Of An Ex-Confederate Soldier, To The Grand Army Of The Republic" by Maurice Thompson
Save to that six-foot-length I must lie in
Sodden with mud, and not to grieve again
Because high Autumn goes beyond my pen
And snow lies inexprest in the deep lane.
"Moments" by Ivor Gurney
Are the woods empty, voiceless, bare?
On sodden leaves do you tread?
Is nothing left of all those fair?
Is the whole summer fled?
Well, so from this unwholesome air
Have gone away these dead!
"An Autumn Song" by George MacDonald

In news:

Earlier this month, Houston was supposed to be treated to a little nubbin of Baja Oklahoma taste, sophistication and glamour, something sorely needed in our sultry, sweaty, sodden, sinful port city on the Mexican Gulf.
The truck yawed unnervingly as it crabbed its way into the sodden earth and struggled to find traction.
In the first six days, Diane Van Deren's teammates were lancing her blisters and taping her sodden feet several times a day.
A rare white Christmas will be celebrated in this typically rain-sodden city.
The Nile isn't the only sodden delta in the ancient world.
Will history record that this morning's newspaper was left in a sodden heap on your doorstep.
Staying Put on Wall Street, Even if Sodden .
Former storm Debby churns away from sodden Florida.
Answers promised at end of sodden crime series "The Killing".
Sodden Spartans nearly swamp O'Dea.
Sodden Lot Will Be Site of Protests Tomorrow.
A love-sodden food adventure By Mark Nixon.
But then the sun came out after months of sodden skies, vehicles moved briskly, there were no attacks and British athletes reeled in a shocking 65 medals.
There's the matter of his right shoulder, which was severely damaged in the second worst crash of his career during the rain-sodden Malaysian Grand Prix.
Bent over amid the wreckage of her family's home, Jane Bucani, 17, leafs through the sodden remnants of her school yearbook, trying to see what memories she can salvage.
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