- characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
- having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.
Origin of mawkish
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Examples from the Web for mawkish
The jibe is off-key too because Wilde himself was hardly immune to the sentimental and even the mawkish.Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering
February 18, 2013
What a fool, what a weak, mawkish, insipid fool he had made of himself!Spring Street
James H. Richardson
For mawkish, sentimental religion the Count had an honest contempt.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
There was no mawkish sentiment—no melancholy in his make-up.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
It's all splendid and barbaric; no mawkish sentiment about it.Peking Dust
Ellen N. La Motte
This is no time for trifling, nor for mawkish sentimentality.Theft
- falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
- nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc
Word Origin and History for mawkish
1660s, "sickly, nauseated," from Middle English mawke "maggot" (see maggot). Sense of "sickly sentimental" is first recorded 1702. Related: Mawkishly; mawkishness.