verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of cloy
Examples from the Web for cloy
He feasted upon it to satiety as he did with everything else; never having learned not to cloy his appetite by over-feeding.When Knighthood Was in Flower|Charles Major
Yea but, said Carpalin, were it not good to cloy all their ordnance?Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
To cloy or surfeit is to gratify to the point of revulsion or disgust.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite, By bare imagination of a feast?Familiar Quotations|Various
Sate and cloy your243self on these, you will by so doing vex and enrage none of your associates.Plutarch's Morals|Plutarch
Word Origin 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.