cloying


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cloy

 (kloi)
v. cloyed, cloy·ing, cloys
v.tr.
To cause distaste or disgust by supplying with too much of something originally pleasant, especially something rich or sweet; surfeit.
v.intr.
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).]

cloy′ing·ly adv.
cloy′ing·ness n.
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cloying

(ˈklɔɪɪŋ)
adj
initially pleasurable or sweet but wearying in excess
ˈcloyingly adv
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cloy•ing

(ˈklɔɪ ɪŋ)

adj.
1. causing distaste or disgust through excess.
2. overly ingratiating or sentimental.
[1540–50]
cloy′ing•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cloying - overly sweetcloying - overly sweet        
sweet - having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
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cloying

adjective
1. sickly, nauseating, icky (informal), treacly, oversweet, excessive Her cheap, cloying scent enveloped him.
2. over-sentimental, sickly, nauseating, mushy, twee, slushy, mawkish, icky (informal), treacly, oversweet The film is sentimental but rarely cloying.
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Translations
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cloying

[ˈklɔɪɪŋ] ADJempalagoso
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

cloying

[ˈklɔɪɪŋ] adj
[taste, smell] → écœurant(e)
[sentimentality] → mièvrecloze test [ˈkləʊztɛst] n (= gap-fill) → texte m à trous
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

cloying

adj (lit)übermäßig süß; cloying sentimentalitygefühlsduselige Sentimentalität
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

cloying

[ˈklɔɪɪŋ] adj (taste, smell) → stucchevole
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
Through counter currents of the heavy stench of meat eaters he traced the trail of Bara; the sweet and cloying stink of Horta, the boar, could not drown his quarry's scent--the permeating, mellow musk of the deer's foot.
That would be something, better at least than a lifetime of the cramped and cloying restrictions of civilization.
'Do you mind letting go of my hand, please, Lord Wetherby?' said Claire, on whom these saccharine exchanges were beginning to have a cloying effect.
It was a sweetness that would have been cloying had the air been heavy and humid.
It wasn't that she was trying hard to be a proud Israeli, which would've come off as pandering and cloying. Instead, she actually is a proud Israeli, and she shared her uncomplicated delight with her country and her culture in a way that was joyous, infectious, and absolutely wonderful.
Filled with cloying lines about letting go, holding on and not giving up, the running time of two hours feels more like two days, while the tragedies that befall the characters arrive with depressing predictability.
This edgy comedy utterly abandons its edge, time and again, through a cloying, self-aware narration written for Fonda, sort of a part-time resident/observer and narrator of Doug's sad story aid to his virility, his stamina and his efforts to have the life he wants.
THIS is a morass of cloying fairytale romances across the generations that usually ends with a happy-ever-after.
Johnson's Lipcare Classic (pounds 1.59) Non-greasy lip coverage that lasts well without any cloying taste but nothing special.
Some of the more transparent chart-busting Madonna-isms (Remedy) can get a little cloying , but the album is redeemed by the few tracks on which she pushes the boundaries a little (Ghosts) and by the faultless pop sheen of tracks like New In Town and the once ubiquitous Stuck On Repeat.
So yeah, Canadian Club has a cloying sweetness that I could do without, but dudes I am drinking whisky out of a bottle cap at 3PM on a Tuesday.
A light alternative for those who dislike the cloying taste of some Christmas cakes.