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

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Shellac is a natural plastic that seals in odors and stains, including the sappy discoloration surrounding a tree knot. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Smart Spray Painting Tips for a Great-Looking Paint Job," 11 Mar. 2019 Metropolitan' When everything feels too sentimental or sappy for Christmas, find some light entertainment with the snobs of Whit Stillman's bourgeois comedy of manners. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "7 Offbeat Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Family," 15 Nov. 2016 Sucker for a sappy love story and a pretty perfume? Maureen Choi, Marie Claire, "Ralph Lauren and The Vow's Red Carpet Contest," 13 Jan. 2012 Granted, it’s commercial and sappy and soft lighting, soft music. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley’s Saudi money crisis illustrates a decline of ‘moral leadership’ in America," 19 Oct. 2018 To this reality-TV binge-watcher, that would be worth every sappy rose in the world. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Here’s What The Bachelorette Finale Would Look Like Without Any Sparkly Pageant Dresses," 26 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of sappy

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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