mawkish
adjective Etymology: Middle English mawke maggot, probably from Old Norse mathkr — more at maggot Date: circa 1697 1. having an insipid often unpleasant taste 2. sickly or puerilely sentimental • mawkishly adverbmawkishness noun

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  • Mawkish — Mawk ish, a. [Orig., maggoty. See {Mawk}.] 1. Apt to cause satiety or loathing; nauseous; slightly nauseating; disgusting. [1913 Webster] So sweetly mawkish , and so smoothly dull. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Easily disgusted; squeamish;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mawkish — index unsavory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • mawkish — 1660s, sickly, nauseated, from M.E. mawke maggot (see MAGGOT (Cf. maggot)). Sense of sickly sentimental is first recorded 1702. Related: Mawkishly; mawkishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • mawkish — maudlin, *sentimental, romantic, soppy, mushy, slushy Analogous words: flat, vapid, jejune, *insipid, banal, inane …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mawkish — [adj] sentimental, emotional bathetic, cloying, feeble, gooey*, gushing, gushy*, lovey dovey*, maudlin, mushy*, nauseating, romantic, sappy*, schmaltzy*, sickening, sloppy, tear jerking*, teary; concepts 401,542 Ant. calm, serious, unemotional …   New thesaurus

  • mawkish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sentimental in a feeble or sickly way. 2) archaic or dialect having a faint sickly flavour. ORIGIN from obsolete mawk maggot …   English terms dictionary

  • mawkish — [mô′kish] adj. [lit., maggoty < ME mawke, maggot < ON mathkr < IE base * math , gnawing vermin > MOTH] 1. having a sweet, weak, sickening taste; insipid or nauseating 2. sentimental in a weak, insipid way, so as to be sickening… …   English World dictionary

  • mawkish — [17] The underlying meaning of mawkish is ‘maggotish’. It was derived from a now obsolete word mawk, which meant literally ‘maggot’ but was used figuratively (like maggot itself) for a ‘whim’ or ‘fastidious fancy’. Hence mawkish originally meant… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • mawkish — [[t]mɔ͟ːkɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) You can describe something as mawkish when you think it is sentimental and silly. A sordid, sentimental plot unwinds, with an inevitable mawkish ending. Syn: nauseating, soppy …   English dictionary

  • mawkish — [17] The underlying meaning of mawkish is ‘maggotish’. It was derived from a now obsolete word mawk, which meant literally ‘maggot’ but was used figuratively (like maggot itself) for a ‘whim’ or ‘fastidious fancy’. Hence mawkish originally meant… …   Word origins

  • mawkish — adj. Mawkish is used with these nouns: ↑sentiment …   Collocations dictionary

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