What does maudlin mean?

Definitions for maudlin
ˈmɔd lɪnmaudlin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bathetic, drippy, hokey, maudlin, mawkish, kitschy, mushy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, sentimental, soppy, soupy, slushy(adj)

    effusively or insincerely emotional

    "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"


  1. maudlin(Noun)

    The Magdalene; .

  2. maudlin(Noun)

    Either of two aromatic plants, costmary or sweet yarrow.

  3. maudlin(Noun)

    A Magdalene house; a brothel.

  4. maudlin(Adjective)

    Tearful, lachrymose.

  5. maudlin(Adjective)

    Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, especially because of drunkenness.

  6. maudlin(Adjective)

    Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; mawkish, self-pitying.

  7. Origin: form of (typically depicted weeping), ultimately from Magdalena.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maudlin(adj)

    tearful; easily moved to tears; exciting to tears; excessively sentimental; weak and silly

  2. Maudlin(adj)

    drunk, or somewhat drunk; fuddled; given to drunkenness

  3. Maudlin(noun)

    alt. of Maudeline

  4. Origin: [From Maudlin, a contr. of Magdalen, OE. Maudeleyne, who is drawn by painters with eyes swelled and red with weeping.]


  1. Maudlin

    Maudlin is a band from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maudlin

    mawd′lin, adj. silly: sickly-sentimental: fuddled, half-drunk: (obs.) tearful.—n. Maud′linism, the tearful stage of drink. [Contr. from M. E. Maudelein, which comes through O. Fr. and L. from Gr. Magdalēnē, the orig. sense being 'tearful from penitence,' hence 'with eyes red and swollen with weeping,' like Mary Magdalene, erroneously identified with the penitent woman of Luke vii. 37.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Maudlin

    A word expressive of sentimentality or an inclination to shed tears, more especially when in a state of intoxication. Old painters always represented Mary Magdalen with swollen eyes, the result of penitential tears; hence a corruption of “Magdalen.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maudlin in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maudlin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • remilgado, melindroso, llorón, amanerado, lloraduelos, lloricaSpanish
  • larmoyant, affecté, pleurnicheur, sentimental, hystérique, démonstratif, histrionique, mièvre, maniéréFrench
  • դյուրազգացArmenian
  • sdolcinato, piagnucolosoItalian
  • overdreven sentimenteelDutch
  • слезливый, напившийся до состояния слезливого раскаяния, расчувствовавшийся, сентиментальныйRussian
  • blödig, gråtmild, sentimentalSwedish

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