One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American informal Excessively sentimental; mawkish.
banal, trite, hackneyed, commonplace, clichéd, predictable, stereotyped, platitudinous, inane, fatuous, vapid, jejune, weak, feeble, tired, stale, overworked, overused, well wornView synonyms
- ‘If you have only the so-called happiness you'll grow to be like all these sappy happy people: mushy and artificial.’
- ‘I've always felt some cliche and sappy emotional attachment to music in general.’
- ‘And let's not forget the sappy sequences of false sentiments and saccharine solace.’
- ‘In every corny soap opera or sappy movie, the main characters find themselves shacked up in some seedy motel.’
- ‘Remove the hooks and the energy, and substitute it all with a clichéd, sappy break-up theme, and the results are nothing short of embarrassing.’
- ‘Aside from some needlessly sappy sentimentality and a cute quirkiness to characters that sometimes seems a little too pat, the film is well written.’
- ‘Even minutes later, I cannot believe I posted this unbelievably predictable, sappy question.’
- ‘But even with these problems, the film is cute and fun without being overly sentimental or sappy.’
- ‘Their affinity for Beach Boys-like sentiment is apparent in sappy lyrics and songs titles like My First Kiss.’
- ‘When it was released, many people felt it was sappy and sentimental.’
- ‘What was the deal with the bridge and the cars and the old sappy songs?’
- ‘Of course, he refuses to end things with a clichéd and sappy Hollywood ending.’
- ‘Romantic comedy is a genre mainly comprised of sappy, syrupy fare with few risks and fewer surprises.’
- ‘Really, though, there's nothing different about this sappy collection of songs from the last.’
- ‘The script, though comical in areas, was much too sentimental and downright sappy for me to voluntarily accept.’
- ‘She realized that all of those sappy love songs filled with clichés were true.’
- ‘Despite its grab-life-by-the-horns platitudes and sappy ending, this feel-good debut is a lively read.’
- ‘Through the ages, most bands have added strings to sweeten their sappy songs, but Gordon does the opposite by pumping rock to turbo-charge his strings.’
- ‘At times there are lush pop songs replete with sappy vocals.’
- ‘I found it to be predictable and sappy and, worse, too long.’
2(of a plant) containing a lot of sap.
- ‘Others may need support if grown in rich soils with high levels of nitrogen, as this produces masses of weak, sappy growth.’
- ‘They strip the bark off trees to get at the sweet, sappy tissue underneath, damaging it badly.’
- ‘The plant life was everywhere, and richly green and sappy.’
- ‘Since midsummer, torrents of big, sappy pine cones have rained down from the estimated 16 million Eastern white pine trees in Connecticut, carpeting lawns, sticking to dog paws and covering wooded areas.’
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