Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of sap; juicy.
  • adj. Slang Excessively sentimental; mawkish.
  • adj. Slang Silly or foolish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excessively sweet, emotional, nostalgic; cheesy; mushy. (British equivalent: soppy)
  • adj. Having sap or having to do with sap.
  • adj. musty; tainted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding with sap; full of sap; juicy; succulent.
  • adj. Hence, young, not firm; weak, feeble.
  • adj. Weak in intellect.
  • adj. Abounding in sap; resembling, or consisting largely of, sapwood.
  • adj. Musty; tainted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding with sap; juicy; succulent.
  • Not firm; weak; foolish; silly; sap-headed.
  • Softened by putrefaction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. ludicrous, foolish
  • adj. abounding in sap

Etymologies

Compare Latin sapere to taste. (Wiktionary)

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  • Sad and Happy at the same time?

    January 29, 2011


  • I guess you think you know this story.
    You don't. The real one's much more gory.
    The phoney one, the one you know,
    Was cooked up years and years ago,
    And made to sound all soft and sappy
    just to keep the children happy.

    - Roald Dahl, 'Cinderella'.

    August 8, 2009