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 Based on the Larry McMurtry book, Terms of Endearment is a tearjerker, but it’s the rare film from that genre in which the term isn’t a pejorative. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Oscar Best Picture Winner, Ranked," 26 Apr. 2021 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, a tearjerker about the relationship between a half-Chinese, half-European doctor who lives in Hong Kong and a white war correspondent sent to cover the Chinese Civil War. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "What Was the Asian American Character Actor?," 26 Mar. 2021 But their relationship is tested by Jack's drinking in this tearjerker remake. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "50 Best Romantic Movies of All Time to Stream Now," 9 Mar. 2021 Mank worked with writer Jo Swerling to adapt this classic tearjerker tale of baseball hero Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper). Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "7 films written by Herman J. Mankiewicz to watch after Mank," 4 Dec. 2020 Viewers are gifted with plenty of light-hearted moments as well as tearjerker scenes. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "14 Great Korean Romance Movies You Can Stream Right Now," 23 Feb. 2021 One of the most empathetic songs in Swift’s catalogue, as well as her most reliable tearjerker. Nate Jones, Vulture, "All 179 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked," 11 Jan. 2021 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

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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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3 May 2021

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“Tearjerker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tearjerker. Accessed 9 May. 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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