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cloy

[ kloi ]
/ klɔɪ /
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verb (used with object)

to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.

verb (used without object)

to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance: A diet of cake and candy soon cloys.

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Origin of cloy

1350–1400; aphetic variant of Middle English acloyen<Middle French enclo(y)er<Late Latin inclāvāre to nail in, equivalent to in-in-2 + -clāvāre, verbal derivative of clāvus nail

OTHER WORDS FROM cloy

o·ver·cloy, verb (used with object)un·cloyed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cloy

cloy
/ (klɔɪ) /

verb

to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet

Word Origin for cloy

C14 (originally: to nail, hence, to obstruct): from earlier acloyen, from Old French encloer, from Medieval Latin inclavāre, from Latin clāvāre to nail, from clāvus a nail
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