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

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Examples of sappiness in a Sentence

the over-the-top sappiness of the verse on the Valentine's Day card

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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, "Fishy Political Fantasies," 15 Dec. 2017 The elasticity of language, the silliness and sappiness, felt very much like the expression of the twins. Parul Seghal, The Atlantic, "Arundhati Roy’s Fascinating Mess," 17 June 2017 Mara’s up for it all, but the nudge toward sappiness over messiness feels like the slightest step backward. Robert Abele,, "'Megan Leavey' tells a tale of two war heroes: a woman Marine and her bomb-sniffing K-9," 8 June 2017

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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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