1. a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.
  2. Slang. a thick fog.
  3. Slang. added power, especially horsepower.
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  5. Slang. nitroglycerin .
  6. Photography Slang. developing solution.
Verb Phrases
  1. soup up, Slang.
    1. to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.
    2. to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven: a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.
  1. from soup to nuts,
    1. from the first through the last course of a meal.
    2. from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.
  2. in the soup, Informal. in trouble: He’ll be in the soup when the truth comes out.

Origin of soup

1645–55; 1940–45 for def 6; < French soupe, Old French souppe, sope < Germanic; compare Dutch sopen to dunk. See sop
Related formssoup·less, adjectivesoup·like, adjective

Synonyms for soup

1. broth , stock , potage .
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Historical Examples of souped-up

  • Trouble was, his fancy, souped-up Lincoln was of no use to him at all.

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  • But the souped-up squad car was coming on fast, too, and it was quite a chase.

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British Dictionary definitions for souped-up


  1. a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal
  2. informal a photographic developer
  3. informal anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fogSee also peasouper
  4. a slang name for nitroglycerine
  5. in the soup informal in trouble or difficulties

Word Origin for soup

C17: from Old French soupe, from Late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German suppe, Old Norse soppa soup
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Word Origin and History for souped-up



“liquid food,” 1650s, from French soupe “soup, broth” (13c.), from Late Latin suppa “bread soaked in broth,” from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch sop “sop, broth”), from Proto-Germanic *sup-, from PIE *sub-, from root *seue- (2) “to take liquid” (see sup (v.2)).

Primordial soup is from a concept first expressed 1929 by J.B.S. Haldane. Soup to nuts “everything” is from 1910. Soup-kitchen, “public establishment supported by voluntary contributions, for preparing and serving soup to the poor at no cost” is attested from 1839. In Ireland, souper meant “Protestant clergyman seeking to make proselytes by dispensing soup in charity” (1854).



“increase the horsepower of an engine,” 1921, probably from soup (n.) in slang sense of “narcotic injected into horses to make them run faster” (1911), influenced by supercharge (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with souped-up


In addition to the idiom beginning with soup

  • soup up

also see:

  • duck soup
  • from soup to nuts
  • in the soup
  • thick as thieves (pea soup)
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Anything that has been modified or upgraded for performance or looks(especially cars ).

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A Car that has been modified for racing.

Origin: California 1950's

A Car put together like ingredients in a soup.

was illegal drag racing slang.
now is commonly used buy professional racers.

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Given power that was not intended for it to have.
Souped-up economy car etc .
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When you eat too much soup and you don't feel well
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Full of soup .
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