Word-Loving Wednesday: Mawkish


On Wednesdays, I show some love to relatively unknown, underused or under-appreciated words. This week’s word is:



– Sentimental in a feeble or sickly way
– Having a faint sickly flavour
Example: His songs are rather mawkish.
Pronunciation: mawk-ish

I think I’m definitely guilty of being a little mawkish at times. Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to this word! It’s not a work I recall having heard in general conversation before, so I think it’s only fair we give it some attention. After all, it has a very specific meaning, and thus could be a very useful word to have in our vocabulary!

Will you join me in attempting to use the word “mawkish” in conversation at least once this week? Be sure to report back here regarding the context in which you used it! And if you’d like to nominate a word for Word-Loving Wednesday, simply post it in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of Trevor on Flickr.


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