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 tear-jerking (audio) \ 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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Legend’s portion builds off of Common’s, culminating in a poignant tearjerker. Marisa Polansky And Kristine Keller, Vogue, "A Helpful Guide to Nailing Your Oscars Acceptance Speech," 24 Feb. 2019 People Don't be fooled, Judd Apatow’s Seth Rogen—and Adam Sandler—starring film is definitely more of a tearjerker than a laugh-out-loud comedy. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 Actual tearjerker Finding Dory, the beloved sequel to Finding Nemo. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Departures August 2018," 25 July 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tearjerker

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

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