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

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 Romance served as the impetus behind the brand’s Young Rose, but the scent isn’t a sappy tale. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 Using bold accent colors prevents pastel palettes from looking too sappy. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Mar. 2022 The resulting book is beautiful and wise without ever being sappy or manipulative. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Sep. 2021 Our sappy human brains and their tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects kicked in. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2021 Rather than having to carry on awkward pleasantry conversations with a driver, the passenger can just go for a ride and not need to engage in sappy dialogue. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Still, the show managed to put on a great Hanukkah episode that features some equally sappy and funny flashbacks, plus a very special performance by Ray Charles. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 Being a parent is full of so many incredibly sappy moments. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 19 Mar. 2021 Their subject is family life shown simply, without sappy sentimentality, full of messes and wonder. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 14 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sappy


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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