Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a mawkish way.

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

  • adverb In a mawkish way.

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  • adverb In a mawkish manner.

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

  • adverb in a mawkish and emotional manner

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Examples

  • Plot exists to reveal the mawkishly cute characters and situations (cute even in their occasional freakishness), but is otherwise so conventional as to be simply perfunctory.

    Experimental Fiction

  • With Alfie and Kat away – the only reason they go on holiday is so that some time in the future Alfie can mawkishly recall how they stood on a seafront somewhere and resolved to grow old together while Kat, even beneath two coats of Cuprinol Forest Oak, visibly blanches at the prospect – Eddie and sons have taken centre stage.

    Daniel Maier's World of lather

  • She much prefers hers to the mawkishly fishy version: "If I had ever had a love poem written as honestly and prettily about me, I would have wanted it to be read hundreds of years on."

    Tart with a cart? Older song shows Dublin's Molly Malone in new light

  • On the other hand I'll switch off if it's too ethereal, mawkishly sentimental, wishy-washy or embarrassingly half-baked so was delighted to find John O'Donohue's book Eternal Echoes - Celtic Reflections for £3 in Totnes last week and again the chance to find out for myself what I may have missed.

    Sunday Confessions

  • On the other hand I'll switch off if it's too ethereal, mawkishly sentimental, wishy-washy or embarrassingly half-baked so was delighted to find John O'Donohue's book Eternal Echoes - Celtic Reflections for £3 in Totnes last week and again the chance to find out for myself what I may have missed.

    Sunday Confessions

  • Formula One followers, rather mawkishly, used to watch drivers cheat death, or fail in the attempt.

    Formula One, Integrity Nil: Ferrari and the worst brand of cheating

  • But while the Post tells us pretty much exactly what we're getting, which is moral outrage over the derailment of this strangely captivating and almost mawkishly public battle Ms. Fawcett is fighting for her life by a litigious creative partner, the News seems to be giving us a story we've heard before about someone we don't yet know to care about.

    Wood War: Who Wins Today's Grabby Tabloid Battle For Your Eyeballs?

  • But while the Post tells us pretty much exactly what we're getting, which is moral outrage over the derailment of this strangely captivating and almost mawkishly public battle Ms. Fawcett is fighting for her life by a litigious creative partner, the News seems to be giving us a story we've heard before about someone we don't yet know to care about.

    Wood War: Who Wins Today's Grabby Tabloid Battle For Your Eyeballs?

  • Mercifully, no one interviewed Corinne herself on this most sensitive subject, and Clinton scored an easy point in the mawkishly personalized family-values debate when he said that if his own daughter became pregnant, he wouldn't "talk to the press about it."

    The Quayle Question

  • He was a young man, about eighteen, but already looked dissipated and unhealthy, with a mawkishly insolent grin on his unclean face, and an expression of fatigue in his swollen eyes.

    The Jew and other stories

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