\ ˈklȯi How to pronounce cloy (audio) \
cloyed; cloying; cloys

Definition of cloy

transitive verb

: to supply with an unwanted or distasteful excess usually of something originally pleasing … Cordelia has been cloyed by her sisters' excessive protestations of affection …— Rebecca West

intransitive verb

: to be or become insipid or distasteful usually through an excess of an originally pleasurable quality (such as sweetness) … curious how the lemon keeps its bite when the sweet flavours have begun to cloy, and the crispness has departed.— Eric Korn

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satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion. satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire. years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel readers were sated with sensationalistic stories surfeit implies a nauseating repletion. surfeited themselves with junk food cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting. sentimental pictures that cloy after a while pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite. a life of leisure eventually begins to pall glut implies excess in feeding or supplying. a market glutted with diet books gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking. gorged themselves with chocolate

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The Cold Blue builds a mesmerizing historical journey with a one-two punch of technological wizardry and emotional but never cloying artistry. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 May 2019 Tea also solves the most common problem of mocktails — cloying sweetness. Joy Manning,, "Where to drink in Philadelphia during Dry July," 12 July 2018 On the other hand, semi-sweet or milk chocolate can sometimes be cloying because there isn’t that bitter contrast. Jennifer Farley, charlotteobserver, "What is umami anyway? A guide to cooking with flavor and spice | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, everything else in this misadventure, from annoying love interests to cloying sidekicks, is a mine cart going off the rails. 30. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "All of Steven Spielberg's movies (including 'Ready Player One'), ranked," 28 Mar. 2018 In retrospect, some of the things that wouldn’t work quite as well about the series (like cloying, overobvious song choices) were present from the very first episode, too. Todd Vanderwerff, Slate Magazine, "The TV Club, 2017," 20 Dec. 2017 The slight smokiness of the Scotch and the ginger cut through the oft-cloying sweetness and thick texture of the eggnog. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "How 6 Bartenders Make Spiked Eggnog with the Store-Bought Stuff," 6 Dec. 2017 As in the previous films, the pilgrims stay in the most picturesque places, and are served the most sumptuous meals, the preparation of which Mr. Winterbottom uses as a visual digestif when his two stars begin to cloy. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Trip to Spain’ Review: Urbane Comedy Hits the Road Again," 10 Aug. 2017 Instead, charm abounds: not cloying, but without consequence. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Principles of Uncertainty,’ Talking and Dancing About the Weather," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cloy

1528, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for cloy

Middle English, to hinder, lame, alteration of acloyen to harm, maim, modification of Anglo-French encloer to nail, prick a horse with a nail in shoeing, from Medieval Latin inclavare, from Latin in + clavus nail

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