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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).]

cloy′ing·ly adv.
cloy′ing·ness n.
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Adv.1.cloyingly - in an overly sweet manner
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[ˈklɔɪɪŋlɪ] ADVempalagosamente
cloyingly sweettan dulce que empalaga, empalagosamente dulce
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advsüßlich; cloyingly sentimentalgefühlsduselig sentimental
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