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
- ‘Really, though, there's nothing different about this sappy collection of songs from the last.’
- ‘I found it to be predictable and sappy and, worse, too long.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Despite its grab-life-by-the-horns platitudes and sappy ending, this feel-good debut is a lively read.’
- ‘Of course, he refuses to end things with a clichéd and sappy Hollywood ending.’
- ‘The script, though comical in areas, was much too sentimental and downright sappy for me to voluntarily accept.’
- ‘Romantic comedy is a genre mainly comprised of sappy, syrupy fare with few risks and fewer surprises.’
- ‘Their affinity for Beach Boys-like sentiment is apparent in sappy lyrics and songs titles like My First Kiss.’
- ‘She realized that all of those sappy love songs filled with clichés were true.’
- ‘And let's not forget the sappy sequences of false sentiments and saccharine solace.’
- ‘I've always felt some cliche and sappy emotional attachment to music in general.’
- ‘Aside from some needlessly sappy sentimentality and a cute quirkiness to characters that sometimes seems a little too pat, the film is well written.’
- ‘But even with these problems, the film is cute and fun without being overly sentimental or sappy.’
- ‘At times there are lush pop songs replete with sappy vocals.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In every corny soap opera or sappy movie, the main characters find themselves shacked up in some seedy motel.’
- ‘If you have only the so-called happiness you'll grow to be like all these sappy happy people: mushy and artificial.’
- ‘Even minutes later, I cannot believe I posted this unbelievably predictable, sappy question.’
2(of a plant) containing a lot of sap.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The plant life was everywhere, and richly green and sappy.’
- ‘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.’
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