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[maw-kish] /ˈmɔ kɪʃ/

characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin.
having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.
falsely sentimental, esp in a weak or maudlin way
nauseating or insipid in flavour, smell, etc

1660s, “sickly, nauseated,” from Middle English mawke “maggot” (see maggot). Sense of “sickly sentimental” is first recorded 1702. Related: Mawkishly; mawkishness.


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