- to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.
- to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance: A diet of cake and candy soon cloys.
Origin of cloy
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Examples from the Web for cloyed
They still do, after millions of sales in 44 languages—and long after it all cloyed for Jansson.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
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
The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself.The Celebrity, Complete
This cloyed her, and now she does not take sugar in her tea.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
Their senses, cloyed by grief, knew that whatever it was of ill-omen, it could not touch them now.Trusia
I've been cloyed on house air and oratory and future greatness.A Man for the Ages
- to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet
Word Origin and History for cloyed
"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.