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adjective, sap·pi·er, sap·pi·est.
  1. abounding in sap, as a plant.
  2. full of vitality and energy.
  3. Slang. silly or foolish.
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Origin of sappy

before 1100; Middle English sapy, Old English sæpig; see sap1, -y1
Related formssap·pi·ness, noun
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  • That is not a nice way, but when you see you are going to lose a thing on account of sappiness, that will sometimes work.

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British Dictionary definitions for sappiness


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



"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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