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v. cloyed, cloy·ing, cloys
To cause distaste or disgust by supplying with too much of something originally pleasant, especially something rich or sweet; surfeit.
To be too filling, rich, or sweet.
[Short for obsolete accloy, to clog, from Middle English acloien, from Old French encloer, to drive a nail into, from Medieval Latin inclāvāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin clāvāre, to nail (from clāvus, nail).]
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to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet
[C14 (originally: to nail, hence, to obstruct): from earlier acloyen, from Old French encloer, from Medieval Latin inclavāre, from Latin clāvāre to nail, from clāvus a nail]
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1. to weary by excess; surfeit; satiate.v.i.
2. to become wearisome or distasteful through excess.
[1350–1400; aph. variant of Middle English acloyen < Middle French enclo(y)er < Late Latin inclāvāre to nail in =in- in-2 + -clāvāre, v. derivative of clāvus nail]
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Past participle: cloyed
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|Verb||1.||cloy - supply or feed to surfeit|
|2.||cloy - cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing; "Too much spicy food cloyed his appetite"|
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cloy[klɔɪ] VI → empalagar
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cloy[klɔɪ] vi → essere nauseante
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