soap etymology

English word soap comes from Proto-Indo-European *sub-, Proto-Indo-European *seyp-, Proto-Indo-European *sewH-, and later Proto-Germanic *saipǭ (Soap.)

Detailed word origin of soap

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*sub- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*seyp- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*sewH- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*saipǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Soap.
*supô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Soup, broth.
sāpe Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
sopa Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
sape Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
soap English (eng) (slang, dated) To flatter; to wheedle.. (transitive) To apply soap to in washing.. (transitive, informal) To be discreet about (a topic).. (transitive, informal) To cover, lather or in any other form treat with soap, often as a prank. (chemistry) a metallic salt derived from a fatty acid. (countable, informal). (slang) money, specially when used for bribing purposes. (uncountable) a [...]

Words with the same origin as soap

Descendants of *sub-
soup sup supper
Descendants of *sewH-
assure ensure grams grand granddaughter grandfather grandmother grandson sew sewer sewing sick sickness soak son sonny soon sour suck sucker sure survey