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 The tolerance for abstraction isn’t just for sappy, sentimental types, clarifies Ó Tuama. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "The best way to start your work day: Read a poem," 13 Feb. 2020 It is filled with photos, videos, costumes, and some sappy poetry from a lifelong friend and fan. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Tupelo, Mississippi," 30 Dec. 2019 Is this more borer damage? – Benton County A: Plum trees are normally relatively sappy trees, so a little sap leaking from plum trees may not be reason for alarm. oregonlive, "Is bacterial canker damaging this plum tree? Ask an expert," 20 Dec. 2019 Indeed, the three of them constitute what will be, for current moviegoers, a bewildering rarity: the non-sappy happy family. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Boys Will Be Boys in “Ford v Ferrari”," 8 Nov. 2019 Sometimes Bastille sound like a less-sappy Coldplay without the same debt to Radiohead and U2. John Adamian,, "Best Bets: Seven concerts not to miss this week," 22 Sep. 2019 For starters, the storytelling is often clumsy, the characterizations thin and other contributions trite (see, for example, the numbingly sappy musical score punching every emotional cue to pulp). Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetness in the Belly': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 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

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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 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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