Definition of sappy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsapi/

adjective (sappier, sappiest)

1 informal, chiefly North American Mawkishly over-sentimental: sappy old love songs
More example sentences
  • What was the deal with the bridge and the cars and the old sappy songs?
  • She realized that all of those sappy love songs filled with clichés were true.
  • Their affinity for Beach Boys-like sentiment is apparent in sappy lyrics and songs titles like My First Kiss.
2(Of a plant) containing a lot of sap.
Example sentences
  • The plant life was everywhere, and richly green and sappy.
  • They strip the bark off trees to get at the sweet, sappy tissue underneath, damaging it badly.
  • Others may need support if grown in rich soils with high levels of nitrogen, as this produces masses of weak, sappy growth.



Example sentences
  • The younger women and their mothers were ‘almost sappily positive’ about their relationships, he says.
  • He gazed deeply into her eyes and grinned sappily, ‘I am so glad to see you here and smiling at me.’
  • His character is appropriately cold and callous part of the time, but also sappily emotional and childish part of the time.


Pronunciation: /ˈsapɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • Sentimentality and sappiness have always been as difficult to separate as conjoined twins.
  • I will admit that during a few scenes Little Man Tate does start to tilt into overindulging sappiness.
  • It's a little sappy at times, but then sometimes a little sappiness isn't so bad.

Words that rhyme with sappy

crappie, flappy, gappy, happi, happy, nappy, pappy, scrappy, slap-happy, snappy, strappy, tapis, yappy, zappy

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