Weekly Word: Maudlin

It’s that time of week again where I share a word that I find interesting.

This week’s Weekly Word is: maudlin

Part of Speech



maud-lin / ˈmɔːdlɪn

Related Words

  • maudlinism noun
  • maudlinly adverb
  • maudlinness noun


  1. tearfully self-pitying; overly or falsely sentimental
  2. (of a book, film, or song) highly sentimental

Word Origin

From late Middle English, when it was in use as a noun denoting Mary Magdalen: from Old French Madeleine, from Church Latin Magdalena. The current sense is derived from allusion to the pictures of Mary Magdalen that show her weeping.


  1. emotional, lachrymose, over-sentimental, overemotional, sentimental, tearful, weepy
  2. banal, cheesy, cloying, cornball, corny, cutesy, drippy, gooey, hokey, icky, lovey-dovey, mawkish, mushy, nauseating, over-sentimental, saccharine, sappy, schmaltzy, sentimental, sick-making, sickening, sickly, sloppy, sloshy, slushy, soppy, soupy, sugary, syrupy, three-hanky, toe-curling, treacly, trite, twee, weepy


  1. austere, undemonstrative
  2. dry, prosaic, understated

Use the Word

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Ginny left the cinema at Henry’s side, the weight of his arm over her shoulders suddenly feeling like a shackling yoke. She could hardly believe just how badly she had misjudged him and his expectations, or just how badly he had misjudged her. Each date that he had initiated had been centred on the types of maudlin, overly sentimental drivel that she had always despised.

If he expected her to be the type of woman who believed in fairy tales and happily-ever-afters, who hung on her man’s every word with falsely sentimental maudlinism, then he was sorely mistaken. She was no maudlinly weeping maiden waiting to be swept off her feet.

No, as gentle and sweet as he was, as she’d always found him to be, she knew now that he was just too old fashioned for her. She was not the woman for him.

Her sister, Val, however…

“Henry,” she said, sliding out from underneath his arm, “have I ever introduced you to my sister?”

Val was just as teary-eyed and maudlin as him.


If you would like to join in with this activity in any way, feel free to do so. You could either share a Weekly Word of your own – this week beginning with the letter M – or you could use my word, or Millie Thom’s, as inspiration for a post. This could be a piece of poetry, flash fiction, or any form of prose that you choose. Just share a link in the comments so we can see what you’ve been up to!

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