- characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin;
- excessively or falsely sentimental; showing a sickly excess of sentiment;
- sentimental in an exaggerated or false way;
- having a faint sickly flavour;
use : First know use:1660-70; archaic.
origin : From obsolete mawk maggot ( late Middle English, Old Norse mathkr maggot) + ish.
- No pods being immediately in evidence, we suspect it was a more run-of-the-mill form of mawkish, voter-confidence-reducing sentimentality disguised as comradely goodwill.
- Public displays of emotion were, he argued, a ‘symptom of a fragmented society that has exchanged reason for emotion, action for gesture, cool reserve for mawkish sentimentality’.
- The jibe is off-key too because Wilde himself was hardly immune to the sentimental and even the mawkish.
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