- characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
- having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.
Origin of mawkish
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1. sentimental, teary.
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Examples from the Web for mawkishness
The mawkishness of the sentiment was only surpassed by the feebleness of the style.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
In this expectancy of death there is no mawkishness, no pose.Comrade Kropotkin
There is nothing in it of the mawkishness of Kelly nor of the pompous affectation of Cumberland.
She was told that it bored him to play the lover; that his misconduct was her fault; and then she was accused of mawkishness!The Bertrams
In such a shape the patriotic instinct may tend in natures weaker than Bolingbroke's to mawkishness or sentimentality.Shakespeare and the Modern Stage
Sir Sidney Lee
- falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
- nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc
C17: from obsolete mawk maggot + -ish
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Word Origin and History for mawkishness
1660s, "sickly, nauseated," from Middle English mawke "maggot" (see maggot). Sense of "sickly sentimental" is first recorded 1702. Related: Mawkishly; mawkishness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper