maudlin

Part of speech: adjective

Foolishly affectionate, as from drink.

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Usage examples "maudlin":

  1. In the meantime Byers, overcome by a sense of this new misery added to his manifold grievances, gave way to maudlin silent tears. - "Openings in the Old Trail", Bret Harte.
  2. And the wretched creature, whining and maudlin, would shuffle into his corner in disgrace, not daring to disobey her. - "Tales from Dickens", Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives.
  3. " No, I can't," replied Abel, with a half- humorous maudlin smile. - "Trumps", George William Curtis.