mawkishness

mawkish

[maw-kish]
adjective
1.
characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
2.
having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.

Origin:
1660–70; obsolete mawk maggot (late Middle English < Old Norse mathkr maggot) + -ish1. See maggot

mawkishly, adverb
mawkishness, noun


1. sentimental, teary.
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mawkish (ˈmɔːkɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
2.  nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc
 
[C17: from obsolete mawkmaggot + -ish]
 
'mawkishly
 
adv
 
'mawkishness
 
n

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mawkish
1668, sickly, nauseated, from M.E. mawke "maggot" (see maggot). Sense of "sickly sentimental" is first recorded 1702.
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