- The definition of maudlin is someone who is overly sentimental, often in a tearful way or as a result of consuming alcohol.
An example of someone who would be described as maudlin is a person who has had a few drinks and is now tearfully weepy about her lost loves.
- foolishly and tearfully or weakly sentimental
- tearfully sentimental from too much liquor
Origin: after Maudlin, Magdalene from Middle English Maudeleyne from Old French Madeleine: Magdalene was often represented with eyes red from weeping
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Origin: Alteration of (Mary) Magdalene, who was frequently depicted as a tearful penitent.
- maudˈlin·ly adverb
- maudˈlin·ness noun