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mawkish (ˈmɔːkɪʃ Pronunciation for mawkish



  1. falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
  2. nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc

Derived Forms

ˈmawkishly adverb
ˈmawkishness noun

Word Origin

C17: from obsolete mawk maggot + -ish


View thesaurus entry
= sentimental, emotional, feeble, mushy, soppy, maudlin, slushy, schmaltzy, icky, gushy, three-hankie

Example Sentences Including 'mawkish'

Juvenile and mawkish , self-pitying and full of grand assumptions about my own signi.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
You've broken free from all that mawkish living in the past.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion


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