Definition of Maudlin

1. Adjective. Effusively or insincerely emotional. "Slushy poetry"




Definition of Maudlin

1. a. Tearful; easily moved to tears; exciting to tears; excessively sentimental; weak and silly.

2. n. An aromatic composite herb, the costmary; also, the South European Achillea Ageratum, a kind of yarrow.

Definition of Maudlin

1. Noun. (obsolete Christianity) The Magdalene; (w Mary Magdalene). (defdate 14th-16th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (context: botany now historical) Either of two aromatic plants, costmary or sweet yarrow. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A Magdalene house; a brothel. (defdate 17th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. (obsolete) Tearful, lachrymose. (defdate 17th-19th c.) ¹

5. Adjective. Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, especially because of drunkenness. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Adjective. Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; mawkish, self-pitying. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Maudlin

1. excessively emotional [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Maudlin

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maucacos
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maudlin (current term)
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Literary usage of Maudlin

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"'Twere better, sure, to die so, than be shut With maudlin Clarence In his ... Also called sweet maudlin. The flowers of the maudlin are digested into loose ..."

2. John Sherman's Recollections of Forty Years in the House, Senate and Cabinet by John Sherman (1895)
"Johnson's maudlin Stump Six>ech in the Senate—Inauguration of ... He went on in a maudlin and rambling way for twenty minutes or more, ..."

3. A Collection of Old Ballads: Corrected from the Best and Most Ancient Copies by Ambrose Phillips (1725)
"... Fair maudlin: Or, the Merchant's Daughter of ... of true Love, maudlin the Merchant's Daughter of ..."

4. The Athlete's Garland: A Collection of Verse of Sport and Pastime by Wallace Rice (1905)
"... eyes half-closed, Rubbing the ten hairs on his chin, Will say " This very pipe I use Was poor old Smith's of maudlin." The boats are out! ..."

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