- to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.
- to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance: A diet of cake and candy soon cloys.
Origin of cloy
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Examples from the Web for cloy
To cloy or surfeit is to gratify to the point of revulsion or disgust.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
But I shall tire you with a theme with which I would not wish to cloy you beforehand.The Works of William Cowper
Over-sentimental and apt to cloy, it is eminently poetical and full of melody.Masters of French Music
Yea but, said Carpalin, were it not good to cloy all their ordnance?Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite, By bare imagination of a feast?Familiar Quotations
- to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet
Word Origin and History for cloy
"weary by too much, fill to loathing, surfeit," 1520s, from Middle English cloyen "hinder movement, encumber" (late 14c.), a shortening of accloyen (early 14c.), from Old French encloer "to fasten with a nail, grip, grasp," figuratively "to hinder, check, stop, curb," from Late Latin inclavare "drive a nail into a horse's foot when shoeing," from Latin clavus "a nail" (see slot (n.2)).
Accloye is a hurt that cometh of shooing, when a Smith driveth a nail in the quick, which make him to halt. [Edward Topsell, "The History of Four-footed Beasts," 1607]
The figurative meaning "fill to a satiety, overfill" is attested for accloy from late 14c. Related: Cloyed; cloying.