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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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  • The wind had got into the sou' west, too—a delicious air, sappy!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Fat and green and fruitful may ye be, in the true and sappy root.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • The sappy one set the leg and withdrew, programming a call for the next day.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • This was in Western Ontario amongst a range of sappy pine hills.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
  • It is not especially valuable for timber, because it is too sappy.

    On Canada's Frontier Julian Ralph
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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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