Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

mawkish

play
adjective mawk·ish \ˈmȯ-kish\

Simple Definition of mawkish

  • : sad or romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way

Full Definition of mawkish

  1. 1 :  having an insipid often unpleasant taste

  2. 2 :  sickly or puerilely sentimental

mawk·ish·ly adverb
mawk·ish·ness noun

Examples of mawkish

  1. <a mawkish plea for donations to the charity>



Origin of mawkish

Middle English mawke maggot, probably from Old Norse mathkr — more at maggot


First Known Use: circa 1697

Rhymes with mawkish



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mawkish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ