[ sap-ee ]
/ ˈsæp i /

adjective, sap·pi·er, sap·pi·est.

abounding in sap, as a plant.
full of vitality and energy.
Slang. silly or foolish.

Nearby words

  1. sapphire,
  2. sapphirine,
  3. sapphism,
  4. sappho,
  5. sapporo,
  6. sapraemia,
  7. sapremia,
  8. sapro-,
  9. saprobe,
  10. saprobic

Origin of sappy

before 1100; Middle English sapy, Old English sæpig; see sap1, -y1

Related formssap·pi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sappy


/ (ˈsæpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

(of plants) full of sap
full of energy or vitality
slang silly or fatuous
Derived Formssappily, adverbsappiness, 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).

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