oversweet

adjective

over·​sweet ˌō-vər-ˈswēt How to pronounce oversweet (audio)
: excessively sweet : cloying
an oversweet sauce
oversweet sentiment
The luscious innuendo of it, almost startling, lingered in the room, after the visitors had gone, like an oversweet fragrance.Henry James
oversweetness noun
Samples tasted recently were superbly rich-flavored and winy, with a pleasing tannic tinge and a lingering aftertaste, but without cloying oversweetness. David Karp

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversweet was in the 15th century

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“Oversweet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversweet. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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