AskDefine | Define mawkish

Dictionary Definition

mawkish adj : effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressons of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry" [syn: bathetic, drippy, hokey, maudlin, mushy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, sentimental, slushy]

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English

Etymology

From Middle English mawk "maggot"

Pronunciation

  • /'mɔ:kɪʃ/

Adjective

mawkish
  1. sickening or insipid in taste
  2. excessively sentimental; sentimental ad nauseam

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