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mawkish (ˈmɔːkɪʃ Pronunciation for mawkish

Definitions

adjective

  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

Synonyms

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

Example Sentences Including 'mawkish'

But the final scene of redemption and forgiveness is glib, mawkish and not terribly convincing.
The Australian (2005)
Even the formidable Bob Geldof gets pretty mawkish on the subject of lone fathers.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
He was in bits over the death of a football commentator, the mawkish fool.
Will Buckley THE MAN WHO HATED FOOTBALL (2004)
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)
Only occasionally does he veer into territory that is sentimental or mawkish.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Personally, I think he should be applauded for disrupting the mawkish love-in between the Liverpool and Celtic fans.
Spiked (2003)
That's right, he gets them to sing his own clapped-out, mawkish songs about the wonders of Mother Nature.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
You've broken free from all that mawkish living in the past.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion

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