Definition of treacly in English:


Line breaks: trea¦cly
Pronunciation: /ˈtriːk(ə)li

adjective (treaclier, treacliest)

1Resembling treacle in consistency, taste, or appearance: a treacly black fuel
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  • Once these were distilled from molasses, which left a black treacly taste simmering underneath the juniper and other botanicals.
  • Unrefined brown sugars (light or dark muscovado) taste fudgy and treacly and are perfect for toffee-like sauces.
  • Everything for 20 yards was treacly with gritty black fat.
2Excessively sentimental: treacly melodramas
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  • I suppose it was inevitable that these two masters of treacly sentimentality would meet up one day, but I was hoping they would duel to the death instead of joining forces.
  • Like far too many bottom-of-the-barrel comedies, this one eventually decides to take a left turn into treacly melodrama, which is about the worst move it could possibly make.
  • PAY IT FORWARD, with a few missteps along the way, could have become a syrupy, treacly exercise in mawkishness.

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