mawkish mawkish  /ˈmɔ kɪʃ/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) effusively or insincerely emotional

Usage(s):

  1. The movie was moving and sentimental but not to the point that it became mawkish.
  2. The television channels are left with some mawkish soap operas and banal sitcoms.

News

  • Return to Oakpine

    In RETURN TO OAKPINE, his fifth adult novel, Ron Carlson has taken what could have been a mawkish story about four high school classmates who reunite in a small Wyoming town as one of them lies dying and instead has created an engaging miniature that reveals the strength and persistence of long-ago forged bonds of friendship.
    on July 20, 2013     Source: Book Reporter

Quotes

  1. "The book was really rather bitter, and Holly Golightly was real - a tough character, not an Audrey Hepburn type at all. The film became a mawkish valentine to New York City and Holly and, as a result, was thin and pretty, whereas it should have...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Truman Capote Source: California Chronicle

  2. Still, Mr. Hoskyns writes, "the Waits we all secretly want" is the early one: "slurred, mawkish, broken."
    on May 19, 2009 By: Barney Hoskyns Source: New York Times

  3. Wright says, "The joke is you don't see her, and it is a very emotive scene. It's the idea of doing a sentimental, mawkish scene and not seeing the face of an actress. Later, the idea was, 'Why don't we get somebody really heavyweight to play that...
    on Apr 23, 2007 By: Edgar Wright Source: Starpulse.com (blog)

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