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cloy

[kloi]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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
Related formso·ver·cloy, verb (used with object)un·cloyed, adjective

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1. glut, sate, bore.
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  • And so she had wearied him, who saw in her no more than a sweet loveliness that had cloyed him presently.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself.

    The Celebrity, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • This cloyed her, and now she does not take sugar in her tea.

  • Their senses, cloyed by grief, knew that whatever it was of ill-omen, it could not touch them now.

    Trusia

    Davis Brinton

  • I've been cloyed on house air and oratory and future greatness.

    A Man for the Ages

    Irving Bacheller


British Dictionary definitions for cloyed

cloy

verb
  1. to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet
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Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for cloyed

cloy

v.

"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.

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