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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 cloys’
sickly sweet, sugary, syrupy, saccharine, honeyed, oversweetsickening, nauseating, disgustingmawkish, maudlin, sentimental, over-sentimentalbecome sickening, become nauseating, pall, become distasteful, become tedious, become tiresomebe excessivetweeover the top, ott, mushy, slushy, sloppy, cutesy, cute, gooey, drippy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-makingcornball, sappyView synonyms
- ‘Their romantic relationship is nicely developed, but not to the point where it becomes cloying.’
- ‘But when the songs are less than first class they can sound cloying and too fussy.’
- ‘He swallowed, the sweetness of the pancakes cloying and thick on his tongue.’
- ‘It breeds a corrupting self-awareness that cloys mind and heart alike.’
- ‘What had felt so spirited and fresh back then feels disappointingly syrupy and cloying now.’
- ‘No gentler moment has ever been captured, yet it isn't in the least sentimental or cloying.’
- ‘This tale cloys today's palate: we miss the astringent irony which Thomas Hardy would have brought to circumstances like these.’
- ‘The story comes close to cloying, but never crosses the boundary.’
- ‘There's the moist, sticky sensation on the tongue, as the gooey melting thickness cloys one's mouth irresistibly.’
- ‘He does not attempt to jazz things up with cloying camerawork and jarring technique in an effort to be stylish.’
- ‘You brushed past her gently on the way into the flat, and you almost tasted her perfume, so sickly sweet, so cloying.’
- ‘It did not result in the best pie - it was cloying and overly sweet.’
- ‘That the nostalgic bent can lapse into cloying sentimentality is obvious.’
- ‘It's cloying to my ears, all this sweetness, all this oh-what-a-wonderful-couple-we-are.’
- ‘He portrays Ken as both likable and convincing without making the characterization cloying.’
- ‘The pit swirled down into oblivion, a thick, cloying miasma threatening to devour him if he drew too close to it.’
- ‘The juice from grapes harvested at optimum ripeness for wine has a rather cloying sweetness which can overshadow the refreshing acidity.’
- ‘This kind of singing cuts through the noise but can become cloying.’
- ‘The air hangs heavy, thick and impenetrable, as cloying and claustrophobic as incense.’
- ‘The beat lilts rather than swings, and there's a sweetness about the melodies that can become cloying if you listen too much.’
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.
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