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tearjerker

[ teer-jur-ker ]
/ ˈtɪərˌdʒɜr kər /
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noun

a story, play, movie, or the like that is sentimental or sad enough to evoke pangs of emotion to the point of tears: This new version of a classic tearjerker is touted as the must-see film of the holiday season, but it lacks the genuine warmth of the original.

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Origin of tearjerker

First recorded in 1930–35; tear1 + jerk1 + -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM tearjerker

tear·jerk·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tearjerker

tear-jerker
/ (ˈtɪəˌdʒɜːkə) /

noun

informal an excessively sentimental film, play, book, etc
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