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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Sentimental in a silly or tearful way. Talking or behaving in a sad, silly, and emotional way, especially when drunk.

Usage examples (35)
  • After awhile, it was difficult to listen to the maudlin dialogue of the film.
  • They whined insolently, and in maudlin tones begged me for pennies, and worse.
  • This thin volume of india-ink illustrations took the term maudlin up a notch and failed miserably to engage.
  • The word maudlin (67), and the complicated mixed metaphor in which the gilded toy of line 68 apparently becomes a sweetmeat in for more
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