sappy

[sap-ee]

Origin of sappy

before 1100; Middle English sapy, Old English sæpig; see sap1, -y1
Related formssap·pi·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sappiest

sappy

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. (of plants) full of sap
  2. full of energy or vitality
  3. slang silly or fatuous
Derived Formssappily, adverbsappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sappiest

sappy

adj.

"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).

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