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mawkish

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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



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