tear·jerk·er | \ˈtir-ˌjər-kər \

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 \ adjective

Examples of tearjerker in a Sentence

I'm not in the mood to see a tearjerker. Let's watch something funny instead.

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Grab the tissues—this one's going to be a tearjerker! Megan Stein, Country Living, "The First Trailer for Steve Carell’s New Movie ‘Beautiful Boy’ Will Make You Ugly Cry," 28 June 2018 This episode isn’t a tearjerker, and the show’s loyal watchers will appreciate the break from the tissue box. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "This Is Exactly How Much You’ll Cry During Queer Eye Season Two," 15 June 2018 This piano ballad—which, playing in Jackson’s 1993 film Poetic Justice, earned an Oscar nomination for best original song in addition to hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100—is a total tearjerker. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "Janet Jackson's 'janet.' Album Turns 25: Ranking All the Songs (Critic's Picks)," 18 May 2018 Clearly, Midnight Sun is bound to be a tearjerker in the vein of movies like The Notebook and The Last Song. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger Compete in Teen Vogue's Compliment Battle," 22 Mar. 2018 Nothing akin to the schmaltzy tearjerkers that feel like an assault on the senses, Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight is a portrait almost too touching for words. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Tearjerker Movies Of All Time," 27 June 2017 The tragic story is one of the most enduring tearjerkers. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "‘Wizard of Oz’ world premiere will kick off KC Ballet 2018-19 season | The Kansas City Star," 9 Mar. 2018 Remember Me’ song was a tearjerker on the big screen and even more so in Alexander’s rendition. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "Boy serenades his late sister with song from movie ‘Coco’," 5 Jan. 2018 Another tearjerker: superteen Chloe Kim's father's reaction to her incredible gold-medal-winning run on the half-pipe course on Monday. Vogue, "American Emily Sweeney Walks Away From a Terrifying Luge Crash in Pyeongchang," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tearjerker

1912, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tearjerker

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

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