Maudlin \Maud"lin\, a. [From Maudlin, a contr. of Magdalen, OE. Maudeleyne, who is drawn by painters with eyes swelled and red with weeping.] 1. Tearful; easily moved to tears; exciting to tears; excessively sentimental; weak and silly. ``Maudlin eyes.'' --Dryden. ``Maudlin eloquence.'' --Roscommon. ``A maudlin poetess.'' --Pope. ``Maudlin crowd.'' --Southey. 2. Drunk, or somewhat drunk; fuddled; given to drunkenness. Maudlin Clarence in his malmsey butt. --Byron. web1913
maudlin adj : effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressons of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry" [syn: {bathetic}, {mawkish}, {mushy}, {schmaltzy}, {schmalzy}, {sentimental}, {slushy}] wn