from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Mawkish, sickly, or sickening quality.
  • noun Sickly or qualmish sentimentality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being mawkish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being mawkish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun falsely emotional in a maudlin way
  • noun insincere pathos


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  • This word appears in Pablo Neruda's Toward an Impure Poetry:

    "Let no one forget them. Melancholy, old mawkishness impure and unflawed, fruits of a fabulous species lost to the memory, cast away in a frenzy's abandonment---moonlight, the swan in the gathering darkness, all hackneyed endearments: surely that is the poet's concern, essential and absolute."

    Google found etymology here:

    17c: from obsolete mawk a maggot, from Norse mathkr.

    See also mawkish

    April 14, 2007