mawkish
[ maw-kish ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
mid-17th century; Germanic from the obsolete mawk "maggot," from the Old Norse mathkr
Synonyms
    1.
  • sickening disgusting
    2.
  • cloying gooey maudlin mushy sappy
Antonyms
    1.
  • hearty tasty
    2.
  • calm serious unemotional
Definition
1. having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating
2. characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin
Examples
1. A) After eating fried foods all day, even a perfectly cooked steak tasted mawkish. B) The dessert salad was a mawkish mixture of pudding and marshmallows.
2. A) She did not do well with mawkish displays of affection, even to the point of gagging. B) He had an affinity for mawkish, corny statements when he was in love with someone.
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