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Etymology 1[edit]

From Center English sappy, sapy, from Previous English sæpiġ (filled with sap, succulent), equal to sap +‎ -y. Cognate with West Frisian sappig (juicy), Dutch sappig (juicy, succulent), Center Excessive German saffic, seffec (“juicy, succulent”; > German saftig), Danish saftig (juicy), Swedish saftig (juicy). Doublet of zaftig.



sappy (comparative sappier, superlative sappiest)

  1. (US) Excessively candy, emotional, nostalgic; tacky; mushy. (British equal: soppy)
    • 1883, Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, Half 5, Chapter 23,[1]
      He was a great deal of a personality, and significantly better firm than the sappy literature he was promoting.
    • 1943, Sinclair Lewis, Gideon Planish, Chapter 23,[2]
      To himself, already starting to resent the brand new employer as all that morning he had been resenting the outdated one, Dr. Planish groaned, “He’s getting saintly on me! A careerist in holiness! I will by no means be completely satisfied until I’ve bought a corporation the place I’m sole boss—except it’s one run by a fellow like Colonel Marduc, who has actual brains and energy—and money!—and never plenty of sappy sentimentality like Vesper or psychopathic malice like Sneaky Sandy—Oh expensive!”
    It was a sappy love tune, but it surely reminded them of their first dance.
  2. Having (a very great amount of) sap.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis,[3]
      ‘Torches are made to mild, jewels to put on,
      Dainties to style, contemporary magnificence for the use,
      Herbs for his or her scent, and sappy crops to bear:
      Issues rising to themselves are development’s abuse:
      Seeds spring from seeds and sweetness breedeth magnificence;
      Thou wast begot; to get it’s thy responsibility.
    • 1842, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Amphion,”[4]
      However these, tho’ fed with cautious filth,
      Are neither inexperienced nor sappy;
      Half-conscious of the garden-squirt,
      The spindlings look sad,
    • 1887, Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders, Chapter 24,[5]
      The sappy inexperienced twig-tips of the season’s development wouldn’t, she thought, be appreciably woodier on the day she grew to become a spouse, so close to was the time; the tints of the foliage would hardly have modified.
    • 1976, Kurt Vonnegut, Slapstick, Delacorte Press, Chapter 8, p. 61,
      As all the time, there was a fizzing, popping blaze of pine and sappy apple logs within the fire.
    • 2013, Margaret Leroy, The English Lady, →ISBN:

      The hall stinks of sweat and cigarette smoke, and I daringly open the window somewhat. The freshest air floats in, smelling of sappy grasses, the fragile pollens of untamed flowers, the resins of the pine forests; hinting atthe chill blue scent of distant snows.

  3. (out of date) Juicy.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Ebook Two, Canto XII, Stanza 56, edited by Erik Grey, Hackett, 2006, p. 214,
      In her left hand a Cup of gold she held,
      And together with her proper the riper fruit did attain,
      Whose sappy liquor, that with fulnesse sweld,
      Into her cup she scruzd, with daintie breach
      Of her fantastic fingers, with out fowle empeach,
      That so faire winepresse made the wine extra candy:
    • 1693, François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, Ebook III, (1546), translated by Thomas Urquhart, Chapter 18,[6]
      The phrases of the third article are: She is going to suck me at my finest finish. Why not? That pleaseth me proper properly. You recognize the factor; I needn’t let you know that it’s my intercrural pudding with one finish. I swear and promise that, in what I can, I’ll protect it sappy, filled with juice, and as properly victualled for her use as could also be.
    • 1717, Ovid, Metamorphoses, translated by John Dryden, London: J. and R. Tonson, 4th version, 1736, Ebook I, pp. 21-22,[7]
      The Stones (a Miracle to Mortal View,
      However lengthy Custom makes it move for true)
      Did first the Rigour of their Sort expell,
      And suppled into softness as they fell;
      Then swell’d, and swelling, by levels grew heat;
      And took the Rudiments of human Type.
      Imperfect Shapes: in Marble such are seen,
      When the impolite Chizzel does the Man start;
      Whereas but the roughness of the Stone stays,
      With out the rising Muscle mass, and the Veins.
      The sappy elements, and subsequent resembling juice,
      Have been flip’d to moisture, for the Physique’s use:
      Supplying humours, blood and nourishment;
  4. (out of date, of wooden) Spongy; Having areas through which massive portions of sap can circulate.
    • 1816, George Gregory, A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences – Quantity 3, web page 5:

      In flush-framing if is observable, that the failure of all timber in outdated buildings has commenced a lot earlier than they in any other case would have performed, owing to the sappy wooden being on the corners of the principal beams, which quickly decays, as its spongy high quality attracts the moisture; whereas the center, espescially of oak, will likely be as sound as the primary day it was used.

    • 1834, William Gilpin & Thomas Dick Lauder, Remarks on Forest Surroundings and Different Woodland Views, web page 98:

      …wooden is of a tender spungy nature ; sappy, and alluring to the worm.

    • 1876, Paperwork of the Senate of the State of New York:

      I can state a few of them right here on a. ebook ; I’ve the particulars at dwelling, however I may give you a few of them right here ; that is the Twelfth avenue pier, quantity fifty-four [reading from memorandum], 12×12 pine sticks, wormy and sappy ; one sappy ; one piece 12×12 utterly rotten

    • 2007, Robert Hooke -, Micrographia Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Our bodies, →ISBN, web page 107:

      The rationale of which distinction might most likely be, that the charring of Greens, being an operation rapidly carry out’d, and whilest the Wooden is sappy, the extra strong elements might extra simply shrink collectively, and contract the pores or interstitia between them, then within the rotten Wooden, the place that pure juice appears onely to be wash’d away by adventitious or unnatural moisturel and so although the pure juice be wasted from between the agency elements, but these elements are stored asunder by the adventitious moystures, and so by levels settled in these postures.

Derived phrases[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Evaluate Latin sapere (to style).

Various varieties[edit]


sappy (comparative extra sappy, superlative most sappy)

  1. (out of date) Musty; tainted; rancid.
    • 1580, Barret in V. Restie, Alv. 1580
      sappie or unsavourie flesh
    • 1783, Lemon’s Etymological Dictionary
      Sapy [denotes] a moisture contracted on the outward floor of meats, which is the primary stage of dissolution.
    • 1804, John Farley, The London Artwork of Cookery, and Housekeeper’s Full Assistant:

      Some housekeepers put together their hung beef on this method: Take the navel piece, and dangle it up in your cellar so long as it should hold good, and til it begins to be somewhat sappy.

    • 1875, English mechanic and world of science:

      Sappy meat was defined to include numerous little vesicles full of very minute particles, which offered the Brownian movement, and which Mr. Berkeley advised, from their identified results on meat, may presumably be the reason for cholera, hospital gangrene, or different ailments.

    • 1921, Nationwide Wool Grower – Volumes 11-12, web page 17:

      On this respect lamb is peculiarly suspectible to deterioration on passing the “sappy” stage.


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