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maudlin

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adjective maud·lin \ˈmȯd-lən\

Simple Definition of maudlin

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

Full Definition of maudlin

  1. 1 :  drunk enough to be emotionally silly <would crack open another beer and become maudlin — Patrick Moore>

  2. 2 :  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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