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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Definitions for mawkish

  1. characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
  2. having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.

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Citations for mawkish
Iris's calm indifference saved me from what might have been a truly mawkish outburst calculated to interest her at any cost (mawkish because, I am confident, none of our deepest wishes or deeds is, finally, when honestly declared very wonderful or mysterious: simplicity, not complexity, is at the center of our being…) Gore Vidal, Messiah, 1954
He wasn't sure he liked this line; he suspected it sounded mawkish and falsely heroic, but its unexpected arrival left him feeling there might be something within him worth mining for after all. Andre Dubus III, "The Bartender," Dirty Love, 2013
Origin of mawkish
late Middle English
1660-1670
Mawkish entered English in the late 1600s from the now-obsolete word mawk meaning "maggot."