This is not to suggest Ann is cloying or offputtingly perfect.
Cranberry sauce should be sweet but not cloying, and tart without causing pucker and anguish.
Or do you choose Jacob, the cloying, devoted, gooey boy who will never cease his worship of you?
Perfect couples who claim to be open are just as cloying as other perfect types.
By the end of the book, I admired Gilbert, even when I found her cloying.
But there need be no fear of massed color in a field, as being ever gaudy or cloying.
Still the breeze delayed, and the fragrant odors of the woods were cloying.
And the smell—the cloying smell that goes with camel caravans, it was pungent!
"There are few things so cloying as perfection," says Ronayne, loyally.
She smelt the breath of sticky bodies and the cloying perfumes in which the optimistic reposed mistaken faith.
"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.