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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: mawk 'maggot' (15-19 centuries), from Old Norse mathkr

mawkish

adjective
     
mawk‧ish
showing too much emotion in a way that is embarrassing [= sentimental]:
a mawkish love story
mawkishly adverb
mawkishness noun [uncountable]

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