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drippy

[drip-ee]
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adjective, drip·pi·er, drip·pi·est.
  1. dripping or tending to drip: a drippy faucet.
  2. tending to be rainy, wet, or drizzly: a hot, drippy country; drippy weather.
  3. Slang. revoltingly sentimental; mawkish: another drippy love story.

Origin of drippy

First recorded in 1810–20; drip + -y1
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  • She nodded and wiped at her drippy nose with a clean handkerchief.

    Vigorish

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • We stopped and picked him up, a drippy but grateful little creature.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • 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

  • An Eastern tourist would venture out on the windswept and drippy veranda, of a morning after breakfast.

    Europe Revised

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for drippy

drippy

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. informal mawkish, insipid, or inane
  2. tending to drip
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Word Origin and History for drippy

adj.

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

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