Friday, July 23, 2004
Definitions for treacly
- Like, or composed of, treacle.
- Overly sweet or sentimental.
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Citations for treacly
Before the revolution Chukovsky had tried to free children's literature from treacly verse and goody-goody stories.
Holmes flattered Gertie and Julia with smiles and gifts and treacly praise-especially Gertie-and how the women glowed in response.
Origin of treacly
Treacly is formed from treacle, from Middle English triacle, "antidote against poison," from Old French, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake (antidotos), "(antidote against a poisonous bite from) a wild animal," feminine of theriakos, "of wild animals," from therion, diminutive of ther, "wild animal."