sap·​pi·​ness ˈsa-pē-nəs How to pronounce sappiness (audio)
: the state of being full of or smelling of sap
: the quality or state of being sappy : foolishness

Examples of sappiness in a Sentence

the over-the-top sappiness of the verse on the Valentine's Day card
Recent Examples on the Web The whole thing strikes a less successful balance between Gunn's dark comic side and his inherent sappiness than The Suicide Squad, the best Guardians of the Galaxy movie to not actually feature the Guardians of the Galaxy. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 28 Apr. 2023 The playful tone, however, oscillates between self-referential nods to the incongruity of people suddenly bursting into song and holiday-movie sentimentality, when either a more bare-knuckled commitment to satire or an unabashed embrace of its sappiness would be in order. Brian Lowry, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022 But if sappiness or shyness aren’t really the show’s thing, sensitivity is. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 That means giving the star a chance to be heroic and funny, while adding a dollop of heart that borders a bit too much on sappiness. Brian Lowry, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 Those early moments of violence are actually some of the only ones in a movie that’s fairly light on the gore and heavy on the sappiness, as if Argento’s knives had been dulled by age. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 The script, by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, is lovely but modest—a tale of Vogel’s personal redemption and self-improvement that could easily come off with the sappiness of a Hallmark special. David Sims, The Atlantic, 21 Nov. 2019 As spoken by one character, that line sounds like del Toro’s credited allies the Coen Brothers, which exposes the snark at the base of del Toro’s left-wing sappiness. Armond White, National Review, 15 Dec. 2017 The elasticity of language, the silliness and sappiness, felt very much like the expression of the twins. Parul Seghal, The Atlantic, 17 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sappiness was in 1552

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“Sappiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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