- 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 cloys
We then say that the classic does not satisfy us, and that the "Grecian cloys us with his perfectness."The Sense of Beauty
This fruit is most refreshing—but it's curious how it cloys on you!
A too constant man is like an overstrong sweet: he cloys us.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall
It was an exquisite vigor of sweetness, not in the least the kind that cloys.
And Brian had found in Joan's face the vigor of sweetness, not the kind that cloys.
- to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet
Word Origin and History for cloys
"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.