[ ver-klempt, vuh-, fer-, fuh- ]
/ vərˈklɛmpt, və-, fər-, fə- /
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overly emotional and unable to speak: She got all verklempt at a press conference talking about a charity that matches actors and musicians with sick kids.
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Also far·klempt [fer-klempt, fuh-] /fərˈklɛmpt, fə-/ .
Origin of verklempt
First recorded in 1990–95; from Yiddish verklempt, farklempt “overcome with emotion,” past participle of verklem(m)en, farklem(m)en “to clamp (in a vise), pinch, choke, choke up,” from German verklemmt “inhibited, uptight,” literally, “pinched, squeezed,” past participle of verklemmen “to become stuck”
Words nearby verklempt
vérité, verity, verjuice, Verkhne-Udinsk, Verkhoyansk Range, verklempt, verkrampte, Verlaine, verlan, verligte, Vermeer
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How to use verklempt in a sentence
I sobbed all the way through the ceremony, and the tears—happy, sad, just generally verklempt—kept flowing as I screened the two-hour finale that will air on June 6.Pose Was More Than Just a TV Show. It Changed the Culture, Onscreen and Off|Judy Berman|June 3, 2021|Time
Verklempt parents, myself included, have put their children on school buses for the first time.The Doctor’s Note Must Die!|Russell Saunders|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We sobbed in unison when Meryl Streep could barely talk about her husband without becoming visibly verklempt and touched.The Most ‘WTF’ Oscar Moments Ever: Rob Lowe’s Duet with Snow White, Sacheen Littlefeather, and the Streaker|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST