One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a bout of maudlin self-pity’
sentimental, over-sentimental, emotional, overemotional, tearful, lachrymose
2‘a maudlin Irish ballad’
mawkish, sentimental, over-sentimental, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, syrupy, sickening, nauseating, banal, trite
informal mushy, slushy, sloppy, schmaltzy, weepy, cutesy, lovey-dovey, gooey, drippy, sloshy, soupy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making, toe-curling
British informal soppy
North American informal cornball, sappy, hokey, three-hanky
understated, dry, prosaic
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