Definition of cloy
: to surfeit with an excess usually of something originally pleasing
: to cause surfeit
Recent Examples of cloy from the Web
Holland calibrates this really well, turning in an endlessly likable performance that never cloys or grows sticky with precociousness.
What wasn’t cloying in that finale on Sunday was the music — the orchestra swirling and shining, the chorus rich and full-bodied.
Whatever the outcome of Trump’s decision, his dilemma is just another example of him cloyed in the sticky reality of governing.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1528See Words from the same year
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