Definition of cloy in English:

cloy

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’
    • ‘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.’
    sickly sweet, sugary, syrupy, saccharine, honeyed, oversweet
    sickening, nauseating, disgusting
    mawkish, maudlin, sentimental, over-sentimental
    become sickening, become nauseating, pall, become distasteful, become tedious, become tiresome
    be excessive
    twee
    over the top, ott, mushy, slushy, sloppy, cutesy, cute, gooey, drippy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making
    cornball, sappy
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

cloy

/klɔɪ/