Definitions for maudlin
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word maudlin.
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"
The Magdalene; .
Either of two aromatic plants, costmary or sweet yarrow.
A Magdalene house; a brothel.
Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, especially because of drunkenness.
Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; mawkish, self-pitying.
Etymology: form of (typically depicted weeping), ultimately from Magdalena.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
tearful; easily moved to tears; exciting to tears; excessively sentimental; weak and silly
drunk, or somewhat drunk; fuddled; given to drunkenness
alt. of Maudeline
Etymology: [From Maudlin, a contr. of Magdalen, OE. Maudeleyne, who is drawn by painters with eyes swelled and red with weeping.]
Maudlin is a band from St. Paul, Minnesota.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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.
The numerical value of maudlin in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of maudlin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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Translations for maudlin
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- remilgado, llorica, lloraduelos, amanerado, llorón, melindrosoSpanish
- pleurnicheur, sentimental, affecté, hystérique, maniéré, démonstratif, larmoyant, histrionique, mièvreFrench
- sdolcinato, piagnucolosoItalian
- overdreven sentimenteelDutch
- сентиментальный, расчувствовавшийся, напившийся до состояния слезливого раскаяния, слезливыйRussian
- sentimental, gråtmild, blödigSwedish
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