Definition of sickly-sweet in English:



  • 1Excessively or unpleasantly sweet.

    ‘sickly-sweet candy-floss’
    • ‘Children that age seem to think that vegetables were sent to torment them and the only nice foods are brightly-coloured, sickly-sweet or deep-fried.’
    • ‘I LOATHE the new-fangled, sickly sweet, vodka-based mixes with silly names that fill the fridges in trendy bars.’
    • ‘The old building has been given over to student accommodation (think unmade beds, think unwashed plates, think mysterious sickly-sweet smoke).’
    • ‘I would whip up huge batches of sickly-sweet chocolate crispies and flog them along with weak orange squash in paper cups for 15p each.’
    • ‘In the West Indies they make a really sickly sweet potato pudding.’
    • ‘She tasted of sickly-sweet bugglegum.’
    • ‘The portion was small, the sauce bland and sickly-sweet, and the vegetables not fresh but either frozen or tinned.’
    • ‘We also ordered a side salad with a dressing which was almost sickly sweet.’
    • ‘The recipe for this super-rich, sickly-sweet treat of a pie is not available online but I can easily tell you how to make it and you can experiment.’
    • ‘It was fine until I lifted the bag, which then spilled its contents all over the floor and all over me in a slimy, sickly-sweet smelling deluge.’
    • ‘The vile odour is different from the sickly-sweet sugar beet smell that periodically wafts across the city from the plant.’
    • ‘I have spent most of the evening drinking a sickly-sweet fluid that, if the bottle is to be believed, is 'Olde English Mead'.’
    • ‘The stench of the plume of smoke is sickly-sweet; everyone knows what it is but no one says so.’
    • ‘Please don't bring any more of that sickly-sweet pink fizz, even if it is six bottles for a tenner.’
    • ‘I'd love to report on the puddings - sickly-sweet baklava is a favourite of mine - but I was simply too full to even contemplate another course.’
    • ‘The sickly-sweet smell made her head spin.’
    • ‘I can't abide the sickly sweet flavour of parsnips.’
    • ‘It does produce small black fruit favored by some birds, and, in early summer, barely visible racemes of white flowers with an overpowering, sickly-sweet scent.’
    • ‘Her face was covered with a sickly-sweet smelling cloth and she drifted into unconsciousness.’
    • ‘The king prawns were big, succulent specimens, but the honey-and-ginger sauce was a sickly-sweet, gelatinous mess.’
    1. 1.1 Excessively sentimental or mawkish.
      ‘a sickly-sweet teen road-trip movie’
      • ‘The song is melodic enough but lacks the impetus of other tracks due to over production and sickly-sweet vocals.’
      • ‘They smile their sickly-sweet imported smiles as they welcome you or bid you goodbye and try to look and sound sincere.’
      • ‘Even during rather tense scenes, the music was sickly sweet, laid on thick with little subtlety.’
      • ‘Depending on your viewpoint, this was either a ghastly, sickly-sweet, cheaply made sitcom of the worst kind, or a harmless slice of apple-pie America.’
      • ‘This is a serious disappointment for those who wish to peer beyond the film's own intentionally sickly-sweet facade.’
      • ‘It has gone down a storm with US critics, who have treated its hilarity like a breath of fresh air, amid the glut of sickly-sweet children's movies which traditionally pack out cinemas this time of the year.’
      • ‘I'm fine just churning out the same sickly-sweet, mass-produced pop albums year after year and collecting my fat paycheck.’
      • ‘This is a refreshing antithesis to the sickly-sweet, tasteless chart pop currently dominating the Top-40.’
      • ‘They tell us how sickly sweet we are together.’
      • ‘It was a local L. A. morning affair with two sickly-sweet, Barbie & Ken hosts.’
      • ‘The tales mix magic with moments that are both funny and scary, steering clear of the sickly-sweet stories we have been fed for years.’
      • ‘I ended up giggling at the dreadful sickly-sweet quotes in a display of small 'Thoughts for your...' books.’
      • ‘I found this novel to contain more bittersweet than sickly sweet parts.’
      • ‘The show offers a refreshing antidote to the sickly-sweet moral tales so often associated with children's TV and is all the better for it.’
      • ‘It's mind-bendingly bland in a way only American mainstream music can be, shrink-wrapped in a sickly-sweet sheen of "feeling" yet lacking any heart or life or soul.’
      • ‘She exudes a poetry and strength that never falls into the trap of sickly-sweet cliché.’
      • ‘In my opinion he is an economic ignoramus and a political opportunist, all wrapped up in a sickly-sweet package designed to appeal to the worst kind of tabloid consumers.’
      • ‘"I believe Lydia has adopted her maiden name once again, since her husband is no longer with us," said Elizabeth with a sickly-sweet smile.’
      • ‘The music the band played was as far removed from the sickly-sweet pap produced by Taiwan's contemporary pop icons as is possible.’
      • ‘Some may find it all too sickly-sweet, but close your eyes, lie back and wallow, and you will find it is a record of utterly seductive beauty.’
      banal, trite, hackneyed, commonplace, clichéd, predictable, stereotyped, platitudinous, inane, fatuous, vapid, jejune, weak, feeble, tired, stale, overworked, overused, well worn
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