adjective \ˈmd-lən\

: showing or expressing too much emotion especially in a foolish or annoying way

Full Definition of MAUDLIN

:  drunk enough to be emotionally silly <would crack open another beer and become maudlin — Patrick Moore>
:  weakly and effusively sentimental

Examples of MAUDLIN

  1. He became maudlin and started crying like a child.
  2. <a maudlin movie about a lovable tramp>

Origin of MAUDLIN

alteration of Mary Magdalene; from her depiction as a weeping penitent
First Known Use: 1509


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