verb[with object] (usually as adjective cloying)
- Disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment: a romantic, rather cloying story [no object]: the first sip gives a malty taste that never cloysMore example sentences
become sickening, become nauseating, pall, become distasteful, become tedious, become tiresome; be excessivesugary, syrupy, saccharine, honeyed, oversweet; sickening, nauseating, disgusting; mawkish, maudlin, sentimental, over-sentimental; British twee• informal over the top, OTT, mushy, slushy, sloppy, cutesy, cute, gooey, drippy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making
- The juice from grapes harvested at optimum ripeness for wine has a rather cloying sweetness which can overshadow the refreshing acidity.
- That the nostalgic bent can lapse into cloying sentimentality is obvious.
- He does not attempt to jazz things up with cloying camerawork and jarring technique in an effort to be stylish.
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- Many have seen the work as escapist or cloyingly sentimental.
- This, however, tasted the way squid should - it was delicately marinated, rather than cloyingly covered in soy sauce, and had the texture of beautifully done scallops rather than over-cooked inner tubes.
- The public perception of these wines as a whole is that they are cloyingly sweet, a perception has that damaged the grape's image no matter where it is produced.
late Middle English: shortening of obsolete accloy 'stop up, choke', from Old French encloyer 'drive a nail into', from medieval Latin inclavare, from clavus 'a nail'.