Definition of treacly in English:

treacly

adjective

  • 1Resembling treacle in consistency, taste, or appearance.

    ‘a treacly black fuel’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once these were distilled from molasses, which left a black treacly taste simmering underneath the juniper and other botanicals.’
    • ‘The starter of oysters with potatoes and Dunsyre blue was really three starters in one (alas, the salty freshness of oysters doesn't complement the mouldiness of blue cheese); the confit duck leg came in a dense, treacly reduction.’
    • ‘What can I say when between the beauty-board on the wall and the muzak in the air I study my €11.95 starter, which consists of a few scraps of black pudding plus treacly sauce?’
    sticky, gummy, glue-like, gluey, adhesive, tacky, adhering, adherent, sticking, clinging, syrupy
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  • 2Excessively sentimental.

    ‘treacly melodramas’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's treacly and cloying, and all just a bit too neatly wrapped up at the end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The treacly songs were gag-me-with-a-spoon sugary sweet.’
    • ‘PAY IT FORWARD, with a few missteps along the way, could have become a syrupy, treacly exercise in mawkishness.’
    mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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Pronunciation

treacly

/ˈtriːk(ə)li/