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mawkish

adjective mawk·ish \ˈm-kish\

: sad or romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way

Full Definition of MAWKISH

1
:  having an insipid often unpleasant taste
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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