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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.
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Adv.1.mawkishly - in a mawkish and emotional mannermawkishly - in a mawkish and emotional manner; "the violinist played that piece mawkishly"
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