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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. 2018.
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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
  • 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
  • As I handed him the first slice of drippy lusciousness I turned my head away.

    The Melting of Molly

    Maria Thompson Daviess
  • As I handed him the first slice of drippy lusciousness, I turned my head away.

    The Melting of Molly

    Maria Thompson Daviess
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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