maudlin

[ mawd-lin ]
/ ˈmɔd lɪn /

adjective

tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.

Nearby words

  1. mau-mau,
  2. maubeuge,
  3. mauby,
  4. mauchly,
  5. maud,
  6. maudlinly,
  7. maudslay,
  8. mauger,
  9. maugham,
  10. maugham, william somerset

Origin of maudlin

1500–10; special use of Maudlin, Middle English MaudelenLate Latin Magdalēnē < Greek Magdalēnḗ Mary Magdalene, portrayed in art as a weeping penitent

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British Dictionary definitions for maudlin

maudlin

/ (ˈmɔːdlɪn) /

adjective

foolishly tearful or sentimental, as when drunk
Derived Formsmaudlinism, nounmaudlinly, adverbmaudlinness, noun

Word Origin for maudlin

C17: from Middle English Maudelen Mary Magdalene, typically portrayed as a tearful penitent

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