verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of cloy
Examples from the Web for cloyed
They still do, after millions of sales in 44 languages—and long after it all cloyed for Jansson.
I can't enjoy it fully, though; every mouthful is cloyed with the recollection that Lilly and her children have none.A Confederate Girl's Diary|Sarah Margan Dawson
There is a nauseousness in a city-feast, when we are to sit four hours after we are cloyed.The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)|John Dryden
Mrs. Williams could not endure the smell of fish; they had been cloyed on small game, and were surfeited on venison.Woodcraft and Camping|George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
This is a great country, but the very air you breathe is cloyed with your national utilitarianism.The Great Prince Shan|E. Phillips Oppenheim
After the material banquet had cloyed the hungry edge of appetite, began the feast of reason and the flow of soul.
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.