Pronunciation /fəˈklɛmt/ /vəˈklɛmt/
informal North American
Overcome with emotion.
‘she was all verklempt earlier this week over her latest split from her husband’
From Yiddish farklempt, from German verklemmt, literally ‘pinched, squeezed’.
ver·klempt | \ fər-ˈklem(p)t , vər- \
: overcome with emotion : choked up
Hunched over my tiny screens lately, I've found myself … verklempt over an old video I posted of my son blowing bubbles in the bathtub.
— James Poniewozik
To be verklempt is to be overwhelmed by emotion. You might be able to discern that someone is verklempt if he is choking back tears, unable to speak, or clenched because of intense emotions.
verklempt (comparative more verklempt, superlative most verklempt)
- (US, colloquial) Overcome with emotion, choked up. quotations ▼
- (US, colloquial) Flustered, nervous, overwhelmed. quotations ▼