Definition of sentimental in English:



  • 1Of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

    ‘she felt a sentimental attachment to the place creep over her’
    • ‘Her parents, thinking the gloves were for sentimental reasons, hadn't said a word.’
    • ‘Voters were told to consider among other items melody, lyrics, some historical reason, and even sentimental motives.’
    • ‘I never seriously envisaged going back there, even if it did cross my mind for sentimental reasons.’
    • ‘He had no sentimental attachment to the planet or the two girls whatsoever.’
    • ‘I would try selling the pendant first to a cousin, but, despite being a family heirloom, I don't have a great sentimental attachment to it.’
    • ‘Venezuela was chosen as his final destination for sentimental reasons - it's his mother's birthplace and where he grew up.’
    • ‘This picture is published purely for sentimental reasons.’
    • ‘Probably not the best solution if you have a sentimental attachment to the dress.’
    • ‘Other employers keep poorly performing employees for purely sentimental reasons, like they knew their relatives.’
    • ‘He claims sentimental reasons for the purchases.’
    • ‘Although her father had passed away a number of years ago she explained that her mother had kept his car for sentimental reasons.’
    • ‘But for sentimental and historical reasons, they are worth a fortune.’
    • ‘Wanting it back for sentimental reasons we had a trace put on it.’
    • ‘In fact, it's about the only item of clothing that I keep for purely sentimental reasons.’
    • ‘I still have a deep sentimental attachment to the union.’
    • ‘‘All I had was a pink rattle that I kept for sentimental reasons,’ she said.’
    • ‘The only barrier, as they see it, is a vague, sentimental attachment among consumers towards natural cork.’
    • ‘I have never entertained a sentimental attachment to the poverty or hardships my ancestors endured.’
    • ‘In fact, he bore neither a religious nor a sentimental attachment to Zionism.’
    • ‘Marlene did have a sentimental attachment the place they were in now, but she was like that.’
    nostalgic, tender, emotional, dewy-eyed, misty-eyed, affectionate, loving
    soft-hearted, tender-hearted, soft, soft-centred
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    1. 1.1(of a work of literature, music, or art) dealing with feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia, typically in an exaggerated and self-indulgent way.
      ‘a sentimental ballad’
      • ‘Guys can be caring, even sentimental at times - believe it or not.’
      • ‘Perhaps he was just being overly sentimental, but he felt at peace here.’
      • ‘Some are too sentimental for my taste, and some are descriptions, not stories.’
      • ‘Call me sentimental if you wish, but this was something I had to do.’
      • ‘Peter was not a sentimental person - in public he wasn't - but he had an honesty in his songwriting that just touches you.’
      • ‘Not to get overly sentimental, but it's a true hero's journey.’
      • ‘Or maybe it's just because I'm often at my most sentimental at breakfast time.’
      • ‘He likes France, but he goes too far in getting sentimental about it.’
      • ‘The film isn't sentimental about death, the propagation of species, or other biological occurrences.’
      • ‘Or, is it being overly sentimental about a pile of bricks and mortar?’
      • ‘Managers often become sentimental about products, hoping that sales will pick up when the market improves.’
      • ‘Sometimes Derek needed to be a bit more sentimental.’
      • ‘We all exchanged awkward hugs and tried not to get too sentimental.’
      • ‘It's also for sentimental people who cry when they see something lovely.’
      • ‘Deep down, he is one of the most sentimental people I know, but it is not in his nature to show it externally.’
      • ‘I am betraying little if I say that the piece concludes with two happy couples and much sentimental claptrap.’
      • ‘Tell everyone it's best not to get too sentimental about pets.’
      • ‘She has now played four tournaments and won three of them, but there is very little sentimental about her.’
      • ‘There is nothing crass or sentimental about these tales.’
      • ‘I'm usually not very sentimental about old things that I don't use anymore.’
      mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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    2. 1.2(of a person) excessively prone to feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.
      ‘I'm a sentimental old fool’