Origin of cloying
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of cloy
Examples from the Web for cloying
And sure, this product—made from French vodka—is cloying in its sweetness.The Appeal of Cinnabon Vodka and the Rise of Flavored Vodkas|Daniel Gross|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After all, The Selfish Giant is one of the most cloying works in literature.Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering|David Frum|February 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Cranberry sauce should be sweet but not cloying, and tart without causing pucker and anguish.
This is not to suggest Ann is cloying or offputtingly perfect.Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech: What She Needs to Do|Michelle Cottle|September 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Perfect couples who claim to be open are just as cloying as other perfect types.Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Open Relationships, and Divorce|Tracy Quan|November 19, 2011|DAILY BEAST
I will even agree to express but half my esteem for you, for fear of cloying you with too full a dose.
They began smelling smells they never dreamed existed—noxious smells, cloying smells, smells that drove them gagging to the sinks.The Coffin Cure|Alan Edward Nourse
Here every day is a holiday, a jubilee ever sounding with serene enthusiasm, without wear or waste or cloying weariness.My First Summer in the Sierra|John Muir
He smelled the cloying reek from up-stairs, and heard her giggling with Ted.Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
From his threshold, watching him with a slight contraction of the eyes, Brentwick hailed him in tones of cloying courtesy.The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance
Word Origin for cloy
1640s, present participle adjective from cloy (v.). Related: Cloyingly; cloyingness.
"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.