mawkish mawkish  /ˈmɔ kɪʃ/


  • (adj) effusively or insincerely emotional


  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.


  • 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


  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: (blog)

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