noun tear·jerk·er \ˈtir-ˌjər-kər\

: a story, song, movie, etc., that makes you cry or feel very sad

Full Definition of TEARJERKER

:  a story, song, play, film, or broadcast that moves or is intended to move its audience to tears
tear–jerk·ing \-kiŋ\ adjective

Examples of TEARJERKER

  1. I'm not in the mood to see a tearjerker. Let's watch something funny instead.

First Known Use of TEARJERKER


Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


Next Word in the Dictionary: tear–offPrevious Word in the Dictionary: tearing strengthAll Words Near: tearjerker
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears