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, slushyadjective

    effusively or insincerely emotional

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


  1. maudlinnoun

    The Magdalene; .

  2. maudlinnoun

    Either of two aromatic plants, costmary or sweet yarrow.

  3. maudlinnoun

    A Magdalene house; a brothel.

  4. maudlinadjective

    Tearful, lachrymose.

  5. maudlinadjective

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

  6. maudlinadjective

    Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; mawkish, self-pitying.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maudlinadjective

    Drunk; fuddled.

    Etymology: Maudlin is the corrupt appellation of Magdelen, who being drawn by painters with swoln eyes, and disordered look, a drunken countenance, seems to have been so named from a ludicrous resemblance to the picture of Magdelen.

    And the kind maudling crowd melts in her praise. Thomas Southerne, Spartan Dame.

    And largely, what she wants in words, supplies
    With maudlin eloquence of trickling eyes. Wentworth Dillon.

  2. Maudlinnoun

    ageratum, Latin. A plant.

    The flowers of the maudlin are digested into loose umbels, but in other respects it is very like the costmary. The species are three. Philip Miller.


  1. maudlin

    Maudlin is an adjective that refers to showing or expressing too much emotion, especially in a sentimental or tearful way. It's often used to describe someone who becomes sentimental, emotional, or cries easily, especially under the influence of alcohol. It can also be used to describe books, movies, songs or other forms of expression that are overly sentimental or emotional.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maudlinadjective

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

  2. Maudlinadjective

    drunk, or somewhat drunk; fuddled; given to drunkenness

  3. Maudlinnoun

    alt. of Maudeline

  4. Etymology: [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.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maudlin is ranked #28679 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Maudlin surname appeared 831 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Maudlin.

    92.7% or 771 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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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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Translations for maudlin

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  • rührseligGerman
  • remilgado, llorica, lloraduelos, amanerado, llorón, melindrosoSpanish
  • pleurnicheur, sentimental, affecté, hystérique, maniéré, démonstratif, larmoyant, histrionique, mièvreFrench
  • դյուրազգացArmenian
  • sdolcinato, piagnucolosoItalian
  • overdreven sentimenteelDutch
  • сентиментальный, расчувствовавшийся, напившийся до состояния слезливого раскаяния, слезливыйRussian
  • sentimental, gråtmild, blödigSwedish

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