tear·​jerk·​er | \ ˈtir-ˌjər-kər How to pronounce tearjerker (audio) \

Definition of tearjerker

: a story, song, play, film, or broadcast that moves or is intended to move its audience to tears

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tear-jerking \ ˈtir-​ˌjər-​kiŋ How to pronounce tearjerker (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tearjerker in a Sentence

I'm not in the mood to see a tearjerker. Let's watch something funny instead.
Recent Examples on the Web But their movies underwhelmed, and the HFPA probably isn’t going to pass up a chance to fete Loren in a late-career tearjerker. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Golden Globes predictions ... and, yes, ‘Hamilton’ is eligible," 6 Jan. 2021 Season five of the tearjerker is set to make its return this October, and our favourite dysfunctional family will be back with even more personal drama happening amidst the backdrop of an ongoing global pandemic. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Pearsons Add The Pandemic To Their Long List Of Family Issues In New This Is Us Trailer," 18 Oct. 2020 Euphoria and Kissing Booth star Jacob Elordi has new romantic dramedy coming to theaters on Oct. 16 — and bring your tissues, because this one's a tearjerker. Gillian Telling, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Jacob Elordi Introduce His Upcoming Film 2 Hearts (Coming to Theaters!)," 18 Sep. 2020 Others pry tears from dry eyes, keeping Kleenex in business with tearjerker endings. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "RIP, Laika: Space Dogs Will Break Your Heart," 7 Sep. 2020 This tearjerker is inspired by the life of the life of physicist Stephen Hawking. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "41 Sad Movies to Watch on Netflix for When You Need a Good Cry," 23 June 2020 Instead of bottling up your emotions, try watching one of these tearjerker movies on Netflix. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "41 Sad Movies to Watch on Netflix for When You Need a Good Cry," 23 June 2020 But the tearjerker has become part of the origin story for some of Hollywood’s most exciting new entertainers, including its writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton, who’s currently working on Shang Chi for Marvel Studios. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "The best movies on Amazon Prime right now," 30 June 2020 Who recently asked for twin dog-as-best-friend-but-end-of-life tearjerkers? Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Homecoming S2: The most fun you’ll have with an evil company this spring," 24 May 2020

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First Known Use of tearjerker

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tearjerker was in 1912

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15 Jan 2021

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“Tearjerker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tearjerker. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tearjerker

informal : a story, song, movie, etc., that makes you cry or feel very sad

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