Definition of Mawkish

1. Adjective. Effusively or insincerely emotional. "Slushy poetry"




Definition of Mawkish

1. a. Apt to cause satiety or loathing; nauseous; disgusting.

Definition of Mawkish

1. Adjective. (archaic or dialectal) Feeling sick, queasy. ¹

2. Adjective. (archaic) Sickening or insipid in taste or smell. ¹

3. Adjective. Excessively or falsely sentimental; showing a sickly excess of sentiment. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mawkish

1. offensively sentimental [adj]

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Literary usage of Mawkish

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1. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"Besides, we tread but a perpetual round ; "j We ne'er strike out, but beat the former ground, V And the same mawkish joys in the same track are found. ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"The criticism of a later generation, however, pronounces it mawkish in sentiment and unreal in conduct. It stands among the fading fancies of an earlier and ..."

3. Hawthorne and His Circle by Julian Hawthorne (1903)
"... the family—-Precaution against famine—English praying and card-playing—Exercise for mind and body—Knight-errantry—Sentimentality and mawkish- ness— The ..."

4. A Concordance to the Works of Alexander Popeby Edwin Abbott by Edwin Abbott (1875)
"294 Furious he dives, precipitately tí. 1). ii. 316 Of solid proof, impenetrably i/. D. iii. 26 So sweetly mawkish, and so smoothly d. ..."

5. On the Life, Writings, and Genius of Akenside: With Some Account of His Friends by Charles Bucke (1832)
"... So sweetly mawkish, and so smoothly dull; Heady, not strong; o'erflowing, though not full •." * Dunciad, III. 169. Pope names him also in his Prologue ..."

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