Mawkish definition

môkĭsh
Excessively and objectionably sentimental.
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The definition of mawkish is something that smells a bit sickly, or is something that is overly sentimental in a way that kind of makes you feel sick.

The smell of almost-rotten milk is an example of something that would be described as mawkish.

A cheesy greeting card poem that makes you groan is an example of something that would be described as mawkish.

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So weakly or insipidly sentimental as to be sickening.
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(archaic or dialectal) Feeling sick, queasy.
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(archaic) Sickening or insipid in taste or smell.
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Excessively or falsely sentimental; showing a sickly excess of sentiment.
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Having a sweet, weak, sickening taste; insipid or nauseating.
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(archaic) Having a sickening taste.
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Origin of mawkish

  • From Middle English mawke maggot variant of magot maggot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From mawk +"Ž -ish.

    From Wiktionary