Regency Lexicon: Mawkish

mawk·ish (môksh)


1. Excessively and objectionably sentimental. 2. Sickening or insipid in taste.  Sense of “sickly sentimental” is first recorded 1702.
[From Middle English mawke, maggot, variant of magot; see maggot.]
mag·got (mgt)

n. 1. The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.

2. Slang A despicable person.3. An extravagant notion; a whim.

[Middle English magot, perhaps alteration of mathek, maddokk, perhaps from Old English matha.]

2 thoughts on “Regency Lexicon: Mawkish

  1. I am looking for a certain regency reader. I don’t know the title only the plot. Where is a website I can go on, type in the plot and other passionate readers could remember the title? I have tried nonesuch with no success.

    • i don’t know of any such site, but feel free to post the plot here and i will tweet about it to all my fellow romance lovers.

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