sap·​py | \ ˈsa-pē How to pronounce sappy (audio) \
sappier; sappiest

Definition of sappy

1 : abounding with sap
2 : resembling or consisting largely of sapwood
3a : overly sweet or sentimental
b : lacking in good sense : silly

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Examples of sappy in a Sentence

She gets all sappy when she is around babies. a sappy letter filled with silly romantic clichés

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Riverside’s Van Buren Drive-In plays right into such sappy traditionalism. Chris Erskine,, "Now showing: Drive-in theaters, those beacons of gentle summer nights," 3 July 2019 Strong performances, gentle but focused direction by Bobbie Bell and Shanley’s way with words combine to create a romance that’s never sappy, a comedy that’s never forced and an ode to life that isn’t preachy. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Outside Mullingar’: Mad Cow Theatre visits Irish countryside, with delightful results | Review," 26 June 2019 The film is sappy, moralistic and likely hagiographic. Dana Walters, The Conversation, "When America had an open prison – the story of Kenyon Scudder and his ‘prison without walls’," 14 June 2019 There are moments when screenplay author Ben Elton cranks up the soap-opera-ish elements to wearisomely predictable and sappy levels. Mark Dawidziak,, "Branagh sublime as Shakespeare in ‘All is True’," 7 June 2019 There’s cognitive dissonance here, but also a nice, sappy, deep-colored rosé. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $15, this soulful Spanish garnacha from a lesser-known region is a steal," 7 June 2019 Shellac is a natural plastic that seals in odors and stains, including the sappy discoloration surrounding a tree knot. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Smart Spray Painting Tips for a Great-Looking Paint Job," 11 Mar. 2019 Metropolitan' When everything feels too sentimental or sappy for Christmas, find some light entertainment with the snobs of Whit Stillman's bourgeois comedy of manners. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "7 Offbeat Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Family," 15 Nov. 2016 Sucker for a sappy love story and a pretty perfume? Maureen Choi, Marie Claire, "Ralph Lauren and The Vow's Red Carpet Contest," 13 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of sappy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sappy

: sad or romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way
: foolish or silly : not thinking clearly or showing good judgment
: full of sap


sap·​py | \ ˈsa-pē How to pronounce sappy (audio) \
sappier; sappiest

Kids Definition of sappy

: sad or romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way a sappy story

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