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

Other Words from tearjerker

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 That said, maybe at some point down the line NBC may grant us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the tearjerker ... Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 1 June 2022 Willis, naturally, saves the day, and I'll be damned if that last convo between father and daughter isn't an absolute tearjerker. Hilary Weaver, ELLE, 1 June 2022 This tearjerker family film charts the burgeoning relationship between a Black nanny (Whoopi Goldberg) and the hunky Jewish widower (Liotta) who hires her to watch his grieving daughter (Tina Majorino). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2022 Bay’s tearjerker was enough to keep him safe, though Dan Marshall wasn’t so lucky. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 25 Apr. 2022 This tearjerker of a ballad from country music duo Waycross tells the story of a high school football player who joins the marines. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 23 Mar. 2022 This 2013 holiday rom-com tearjerker brings college friends together for a Christmas weekend at their rich and famous friend's mansion. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2022 Van, already maimed, could sacrifice herself so that her friends and beloved Tai may live -- that would be a tearjerker. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 16 Jan. 2022 Screen legends Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn are spectacular as an aging couple retreating to a New England cottage for the summer in Mark Rydell’s poignant tearjerker. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Tearjerker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tearjerker. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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