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
Recent Examples on the Web Being a parent is full of so many incredibly sappy moments. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Chip Gaines Says Joanna “Bawled Her Eyes Out” When Their Oldest Son Got His License," 19 Mar. 2021 Their subject is family life shown simply, without sappy sentimentality, full of messes and wonder. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Hilda van Stockum and the Delight of Ordinary Days," 14 Mar. 2021 Its success gives credence to voices calling for greater Latino representation in big budget films, sappy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel and everything in between. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: ‘Selena: The Series,’ though far from perfect, counters stereotypes and tells an authentic Mexican American story," 15 Dec. 2020 Your dad is supposed to walk you down the aisle, give you away, dance with you and make a sappy speech. NBC News, "My father took his own life during the pandemic. Here's how I'm turning grief into action.," 30 Sep. 2020 Steer away from sappy woods such as pine and starter logs treated with lighter fluid, as those will affect the flavor of your food. Paul Stephen,, "How to cook over your fire pit, because it’s fall, y’all," 23 Sep. 2020 In other words, Summertime is sappy Sapphic propaganda. Armond White, National Review, "Summerland’s Progressive Sentimentality," 12 Aug. 2020 Young also reflected on the past year with El Moussa in a sappy Instagram post. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young Celebrate Their One Year Anniversary With the Sweetest Messages," 23 July 2020 And then — sappy pregnant-lady alert! — love found me. Alyssa Shelasky, New York Times, "Surviving the First Trimester, With and Without a Man," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sappy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sappy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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