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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
First recorded in 1810-20; drip + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As I handed him the first slice of drippy lusciousness I turned my head away.

    The Melting of Molly Maria Thompson Daviess
  • We stopped and picked him up, a drippy but grateful little creature.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • But Squire Sandal, though flushed and rumpled looking, had still the air of drippy mornings and hazy afternoons about him.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • An Eastern tourist would venture out on the windswept and drippy veranda, of a morning after breakfast.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • She nodded and wiped at her drippy nose with a clean handkerchief.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • As I handed him the first slice of drippy lusciousness, I turned my head away.

    The Melting of Molly Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Sometimes he goes to the brook and sits on a stone by a pool there, while I go wading and get my stummick wet and drippy and cool.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
  • They have got you now and you're all damp and drippy, and your best girl is having one hysteric after another.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
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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