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mawkish

[maw-kish] /ˈmɔ kɪʃ/
adjective
1.
characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
2.
having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.
Origin
late Middle English
1660-1670
1660-70; obsolete mawk maggot (late Middle English < Old Norse mathkr maggot) + -ish1. See maggot
Related forms
mawkishly, adverb
mawkishness, noun
Synonyms
1. sentimental, teary.
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mawkish

/ˈmɔːkɪʃ/
adjective
1.
falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
2.
nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc
Derived Forms
mawkishly, adverb
mawkishness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete mawkmaggot + -ish
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mawkish

adj.

1660s, "sickly, nauseated," from Middle English mawke "maggot" (see maggot). Sense of "sickly sentimental" is first recorded 1702. Related: Mawkishly; mawkishness.

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