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
British Dictionary definitions for cloy
Word Origin for cloy
Word Origin and History 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.