sap·​py | \ˈsa-pē \
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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Full of sappy watermelon flavors, try this style with sweeter foods, like glazed ham or salmon teriyaki. Marnie Old,, "The best rosés at every price point," 30 May 2018 Though Paul Tyan's guitar music score is a little sappy, Aris otherwise impressively manages to keep his exploration of whether lies of this magnitude help save or destroy lives soberly honest and grounded. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Swing' ('Al Marjouha'): Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018 The whole thing was, potentially, one of the meet-cute-iest meet-cutes ever: Love Actually, but with an actual airport for Hugh Grant to get all sappy about. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "#PlaneBae and the Slow Death of Whimsy," 6 July 2018 Like, day-dreaming in class about his face, holding hands at every possible moment, trading sappy Valentine's Day cards hard. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "I Was a Successful 19-Year-Old Matchmaker and Totally Clueless About My Own Love Life," 26 June 2018 Before the exchange of rings, before the public declaration of love, before the sappy Best Man’s toast, couples are ensuring their privacy in print. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Prenuptial agreements with a social media clause are on the rise," 11 June 2018 Lynyrd Skynyrd Listen to the full playlist: The key is to strike a chord that's not too romantic or sappy. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Best Country Love Songs for Gettin' Hitched," 12 Apr. 2017 Both series mix the edgy and heartfelt, mercifully avoiding the sappy. Hal Boedeker,, "'The Middle': Wacky, wise ride will live on," 17 May 2018 Leaving sappy love letters to my friends over voice notes on WhatsApp. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Art Activist Kimberly Drew on the People, Places, and Things That Deserve Your Attention," 4 May 2018

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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 \
sappier; sappiest

Kids Definition of sappy

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

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