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[sap-ee] /ˈsæp i/
adjective, sappier, sappiest.
abounding in sap, as a plant.
full of vitality and energy.
Slang. silly or foolish.
Origin of sappy
before 1100; Middle English sapy, Old English sæpig; see sap1, -y1
Related forms
sappiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sappy
  • Don't bother me with sappy endings, special effects or flabby plots.
  • sappy notes from kids, a special note from hubby, etc.
  • No sappy goodbye message, no overabundance of sentimentality.
  • The dozens of montages and endless high-drama sappy stories should be dropped.
  • It's one of those things that would get written out of a script for being too sappy.
  • Dense yet balanced with lingering flavors of sappy fruit and cedar.
  • More worrisome is that those pine logs are dripping pitch and the others still smell fresh and sappy.
  • They were sappy with the homely satire of the camps, which stings friend and foe alike.
  • Even blasé urban-canyon dwellers and hardhearted pulp-mill magnates tend to get all sappy and silly around wombats and wallabies.
  • It is also a sympathetic and human book, in an enriching rather than a sappy way.
British Dictionary definitions for sappy


adjective -pier, -piest
(of plants) full of sap
full of energy or vitality
(slang) silly or fatuous
Derived Forms
sappily, adverb
sappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sappy

"full of sap," Late Old English sæpig, from sæp (see sap (n.1)). Figurative sense of "foolishly sentimental" (1660s) may have developed from an intermediate sense of "wet, sodden" (late 15c.). Earlier, now obsolete, figurative senses were "full of vitality" (1550s) and "immature" (1620s).

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


  1. Stupid; foolish; goofy: Lay off them sappy songs (1670+)
  2. Sentimental; mawkish; schmaltzy: the Velveeta-voiced crooner of sappy tunes

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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