trea·​cly ˈtrē-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce treacly (audio)
treaclier; treacliest
: resembling treacle (as in quality or appearance)
treacly sentimentality

Examples of treacly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his script is typically Irish, imbued with playful jabs and crude humor, and Hewson’s forthright and foul-mouthed performance proves to be the perfect hit of sweet-and-sour acid to offset what could have been impossibly treacly. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 The series ends in the most treacly way possible: with the pair kissing on a bridge in Paris. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2023 The Chinatown salad, with a dressing mysteriously called Far East, was a bit thick and treacly. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2023 Its structure is too often sloppy, with uneasy transitions from biography to personal digression; its tone is occasionally treacly; its treatment of Converse is hagiographic. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 24 Apr. 2023 Don't believe the sweet, treacly greetings exchanged between Wind Gap residents for a second — these niceties mask the real dynamics at work., 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, 4 July 2018 Stumble along to some treacly tune; lunge for safety. Leah Eskin,, 23 May 2018 But the long, treacly musical breaks between scenes dampened momentum. John Timpane,, 15 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1733, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of treacly was in 1733

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“Treacly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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