from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Effusively or tearfully sentimental: "displayed an almost maudlin concern for the welfare of animals” ( Aldous Huxley). See Synonyms at sentimental.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tearful; easily moved to tears; exciting to tears; excessively sentimental; weak and silly.
- adj. Drunk, or somewhat drunk; fuddled; given to drunkenness.
- n. An aromatic composite herb, the costmary; also, the South European Achillea Ageratum, a kind of yarrow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tearful; lacrymose; weeping.
- Over-emotional; sickly-sentimental; foolishly gushing.
- Tipsy; fuddled; foolish from drink.
- n. A hardy herbaceous plant, Achillea Ageratum, a kind of milfoil, native to southern Europe, bearing yellow flowers. Also called sweet maudlin.
- n. The costmary, Tanacetum Balsamita.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. effusively or insincerely emotional
Alteration of (Mary) Magdalene, who was frequently depicted as a tearful penitent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English form of Mary Magdalene (typically depicted weeping), ultimately from Late Latin Magdalena. (Wiktionary)