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cloying

[ kloi-ing ]
/ ˈklɔɪ ɪŋ /
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adjective
causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess: a perfume of cloying sweetness.
overly ingratiating or sentimental.
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Origin of cloying

First recorded in 1540–50; cloy + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM cloying

cloy·ing·ly, adverbun·cloy·ing, adjective

Words nearby cloying

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British Dictionary definitions for cloying

cloying
/ (ˈklɔɪɪŋ) /

adjective
initially pleasurable or sweet but wearying in excess

Derived forms of cloying

cloyingly, adverb
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