treacly

adjective
trea·​cly | \ˈtrē-k(ə-)lē \
treaclier; treacliest

Definition of treacly 

: resembling treacle (as in quality or appearance) treacly sentimentality

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Don't believe the sweet, treacly greetings exchanged between Wind Gap residents for a second — these niceties mask the real dynamics at work. refinery29.com, "Meet The Cast & Characters Of Sharp Objects, HBO’s Darkest Show Yet," 5 July 2018 There's nary a believable moment, emotionally or otherwise, in No Postage Necessary, which also suffers from its overly treacly musical score composed by Closshey. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'No Postage Necessary': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Stumble along to some treacly tune; lunge for safety. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Duck subs for pork in easy carnitas tacos recipe," 23 May 2018 But the long, treacly musical breaks between scenes dampened momentum. John Timpane, Philly.com, "'Sex with Strangers' at Montgomery Theatre: Who are you? And how can I ever know?," 15 Feb. 2018 It was crammed with more eerie imagery than usual for Spielberg, but was built around the more treacly parent-child dynamic his works often explore. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Spielberg Can’t See Beyond the Director’s Greatness," 10 Oct. 2017 Yes, Everything Is Better with Pork Belly There’s nothing better than the treacly flavor of sticky and slightly sweet ribs. Folgers®simply Gourmet™, Bon Appetit, "These Asian-Inspired Dishes Are Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner," 1 Sep. 2017 Ephron, argues Carlson, reinvigorated a dying genre, infusing the treacly tradition with wit, old-school sentimentality — and Meg Ryan. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Did Nora Ephron save the rom-com? A new books says yes," 28 Aug. 2017 This region, which in the last quarter of the 20th century largely devoted itself to the mass production of fruity, treacly Beaujolais Nouveau, had been left moribund by a steep decline in demand. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "New Beaujolais, but Not Nouveau," 6 Apr. 2017

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1733, in the meaning defined above

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