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[drip-ee] /ˈdrɪp i/
adjective, drippier, drippiest.
dripping or tending to drip:
a drippy faucet.
tending to be rainy, wet, or drizzly:
a hot, drippy country; drippy weather.
Slang. revoltingly sentimental; mawkish:
another drippy love story.
Origin of drippy
1810-20; drip + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All this water gave the previously hot and dry climate a humid and drippy subtropical feel.
  • Kids would have to pack drippy citrus into their lunch boxes.
  • The last is of the drippy scion of the once-formidable founding family, who fails even to announce the paper's closure properly.
  • Eyes swollen and drippy to a grotesque level of disgusting hideousness.
  • Of course, if you have a dungeon you must have skulls, drippy waxy candles and snakes.
  • So, now he's gone past the bitterness character, and straight to the drippy romance.
  • The paintballs whiz over his body and slam into the wall at the same height every time, drawing a long, drippy yellow line.
  • On misty, drippy evenings following rainfall, the insects may not readily display.
  • Walk through your house and listen for running toilets and look for drippy faucets.
  • Symptoms of the sniffles include sneezing, hacking, wheezing and drippy eyes and nose.
British Dictionary definitions for drippy


adjective -pier, -piest
(informal) mawkish, insipid, or inane
tending to drip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drippy

1817, from drip + -y (2). Meaning "sloppily sentimental" is 1944, from the slang sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for drippy


  1. Tedious; unimaginative; conventional; wimpy
  2. Sentimental; lachrymose; corny (1940s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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