mawkish


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mawk·ish

 (mô′kĭsh)
adj.
1. Excessively and objectionably sentimental. See Synonyms at sentimental.
2. Archaic Having a sickening taste.

[From Middle English mawke, maggot, variant of magot; see maggot.]

mawk′ish·ly adv.
mawk′ish·ness n.

mawkish

(ˈmɔːkɪʃ)
adj
1. falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
2. nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc
[C17: from obsolete mawk maggot + -ish]
ˈmawkishly adv
ˈmawkishness n

mawk•ish

(ˈmɔ kɪʃ)

adj.
1. sentimental; maudlin.
2. mildly sickening in flavor.
[1660–70; obsolete mawk maggot (< Old Norse mathkr maggot) + -ish1; see maggot]
mawk′ish•ly, adv.
mawk′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mawkish - effusively or insincerely emotionalmawkish - effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"

mawkish

adjective sentimental, emotional, feeble, mushy (informal), soppy (Brit. informal), maudlin, slushy (informal), schmaltzy (slang), icky (informal), gushy (informal), three-hankie (informal) a sentimental plot with an inevitable mawkish ending

mawkish

adjective
Affectedly or extravagantly emotional:
Translations

mawkish

[ˈmɔːkɪʃ] ADJempalagoso, sensiblero, insulso

mawkish

[ˈmɔːkɪʃ] adj [film, play, scene, sentimentality] → mièvre

mawkish

mawkish

[ˈmɔːkɪʃ] adjsvenevole, sdolcinato/a, insipido/a
References in classic literature ?
Mawkish and over-mellow becometh the fruit in their hands: unsteady, and withered at the top, doth their look make the fruit-tree.
I am not saying this now from any mawkish kind of remorse.
He was astonished at its religious tone, which seemed to him neither mawkish nor sentimental.
At Heidelberg I met a fat veterinary surgeon whose voice broke with sobs as he repeated some mawkish poetry.
The poems were not great, some of them indeed were nothing less than mawkish, but perhaps they did not deserve the slashing review which appeared in the Edinburgh Review.
There was no stile or gap at hand by which I could escape into the fields, so I walked quietly on, saying to myself, 'It may not be he after all; and if it is, and if he do annoy me, it shall be for the last time, I am determined, if there be power in words and looks against cool impudence and mawkish sentimentality so inexhaustible as his.'
Similarly his pathos is often exaggerated until it passes into mawkish sentimentality, so that his humbly-bred heroines, for example, are made to act and talk with all the poise and certainty which can really spring only from wide experience and broad education.
You'd hear of odd things if I lived alone with that mawkish, waxen face: the most ordinary would be painting on its white the colours of the rainbow, and turning the blue eyes black, every day or two: they detestably resemble Linton's.'
Yet, another mug of beer?" and one and another successively having buried their blond whiskers in the mawkish draught, curled them and swaggered off into the fair.
It would have been good-natured except for a look in the eyes, which shone with a watery, mawkish light under almost white, blinking eyelashes.
Or that such mawkish fund-raising hops added to the painfully embarrassing pop concerts and pay-at-the-gate grave visits can do nothing but cheapen and demean the memory of a woman that has already been blighted by cynically over-hyped outpourings of alleged grief.
But she despises Cameron's mawkish compassion for criminals, and wants to bring back capital punishment.