- tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
- foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.
Origin of maudlin
Examples from the Web for maudlin
Whenever the script seems ready to surrender to maudlin excess, Gosling and McAdams are there to pull it back.A Love Letter to ‘The Notebook,’ a Melodrama That Commits to Its Sentimentality
June 26, 2014
Also, beyond incompetence, he was meant to be weak, vain and maudlin.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
This is a book that cries out like one of his maudlin ditties to be edited.Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
How can you write about that earlier self without being either patronizing or maudlin?Marco Roth’s Book Bag: The Anti-Memoir Memoir
October 1, 2013
That kind of maudlin touch is what we expect … and live for.Best 2013 Oscar Moments: Red Carpet, Anne Hathaway & More (VIDEO)
February 25, 2013
The world has been degenerating into a maudlin state of sentiment for some years.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
So was he above the maudlin sentiment of the "great lovers of noble histories."A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
"Ill-fated, indeed, an all accounts be true," returned Crispin in a maudlin voice.
"And are damned for a croaking, maudlin' craven," added Joseph.
He is probably an edifying spectacle by this time, a mush of maudlin penitence.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk
Word Origin and History for maudlin
c.1600, "tearful," from Middle English fem. proper name Maudelen (early 14c.), from Magdalene (Old French Madelaine), woman's name, originally surname of Mary the repentant sinner forgiven by Jesus in Luke vii:37 (see Magdalene). In paintings, she often was shown weeping as a sign of repentance. Meaning "characterized by tearful sentimentality" is recorded by 1630s.