Definition of mawkish adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɔːkɪʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːkɪʃ//
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expressing or sharing emotion in a way that is exaggerated or embarrassing synonym sentimental a mawkish poem Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘inclined to sickness’): from obsolete mawk ‘maggot’, from Old Norse mathkr, of Germanic origin.
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