Definition of cloy in English:


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Pronunciation: /klɔɪ


[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 cloys
More example sentences
  • 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.
become sickening, become nauseating, pall, become distasteful, become tedious, become tiresome;
be excessive
sickly sweet, sugary, syrupy, saccharine, honeyed, oversweet;
sickening, nauseating, disgusting;
British twee
informal over the top, OTT, mushy, slushy, sloppy, cutesy, cute, gooey, drippy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making
North American informal cornball, sappy


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'.



More example sentences
  • 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.

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