hokey vs mawkish what difference

what is difference between hokey and mawkish

English

Alternative forms

  • hokie, hoaky, hoky

Etymology

From the verb hoke (to give an artificial feel to), from hokum.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhəʊki/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈhoʊki/
    Rhymes: -əʊki

Adjective

hokey (comparative hokier, superlative hokiest)

  1. (US, colloquial) phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality
  2. (US, colloquial) corny; overly or unbelievably sentimental
    Synonyms: cheesy, kitschy

Related terms

  • hokiness
  • hoke
  • hokum

Translations

See also

  • Hokey Cokey
  • hokeypokey
  • hokey-tokey

Further reading

  • “hokey”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.


English

Alternative forms

  • maukish (obsolete)

Etymology

From mawk +‎ -ish.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈmɔːkɪʃ/
  • (cotcaught merger, Inland Northern American, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈmɑːkɪʃ/

Adjective

mawkish (comparative more mawkish, superlative most mawkish)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) Feeling sick, queasy.
  2. (archaic) Sickening or insipid in taste or smell.
  3. Excessively or falsely sentimental; showing a sickly excess of sentiment; maudlin.
    • 2014 August 11, w:Dave Itzkoff, “Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide,” New York Times
      Some of Mr. Williams’s performances were criticized for a mawkish sentimentality, like “Patch Adams,” a 1998 film that once again cast him as a good-hearted doctor, and “Bicentennial Man,” a 1999 science-fiction feature in which he played an android.

Synonyms

  • (excessively or falsely sentimental): cutesy, schmaltzy

Antonyms

  • (excessively or falsely sentimental): rational

Anagrams

  • hawkism

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