[ kloi-ing ]
/ ˈklɔɪ ɪŋ /


causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess: a perfume of cloying sweetness.
overly ingratiating or sentimental.

Nearby words

  1. clownify,
  2. clowning,
  3. clownish,
  4. cloxacillin,
  5. cloy,
  6. cloyingly,
  7. cloze,
  8. cloze test,
  9. cloë,
  10. clpbd

Origin of cloying

First recorded in 1540–50; cloy + -ing2

Related formscloy·ing·ly, adverbun·cloy·ing, adjective


[ kloi ]
/ klɔɪ /

verb (used with object)

to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.

verb (used without object)

to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance: A diet of cake and candy soon cloys.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cloying


/ (ˈklɔɪɪŋ) /


initially pleasurable or sweet but wearying in excess
Derived Formscloyingly, adverb


/ (klɔɪ) /


to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet

Word Origin for cloy

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 cloying
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