Friday, May 12, 2000
Definitions for mawkish
- Sickly or excessively sentimental.
- Insipid in taste; nauseous; disgusting.
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Citations for mawkish
The movie's attempts to connect these out-of-body experiences with the'60s ethos of consciousness expansion are so forced that the transcendent, feel-good leaps of faith with which the story culminates seem mawkish and unearned.
Philadelphia Inquirer dismissed it as "a terrible play, a hopeless jumble of juvenile humor and mawkish sentimentality."
Origin of mawkish
late Middle English
Mawkish originally meant "maggoty" (from Middle English mawke, maggot), hence squeamish, nauseating, hence tending to render squeamish or make nauseated, especially because of excessive sentimentality.