sap·​pi·​ness | \ ˈsa-pē-nəs How to pronounce sappiness (audio) \

Definition of sappiness

1 : the state of being full of or smelling of sap
2 : 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 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 Mara’s up for it all, but the nudge toward sappiness over messiness feels like the slightest step backward. Robert Abele,, 8 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sappiness

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sappiness was in 1552

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23 Jun 2022

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“Sappiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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