sappy

adjective

sap·​py ˈsa-pē How to pronounce sappy (audio)
sappier; sappiest
1
: abounding with sap
2
: resembling or consisting largely of sapwood
3
a
: overly sweet or sentimental
b
: lacking in good sense : silly

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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Word History

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sappy was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sappy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sappy. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sappy

adjective
sap·​py ˈsap-ē How to pronounce sappy (audio)
sappier; sappiest
1
: full of sap
2
a
: foolishly sentimental
b
sappiness noun
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