[ kloi-ing ]
/ ˈklɔɪ ɪŋ /


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

Origin of cloying

First recorded in 1540–50; cloy + -ing2

Related forms

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

Definition for cloying (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

o·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 (1 of 2)


/ (ˈklɔɪɪŋ) /


initially pleasurable or sweet but wearying in excess

Derived Forms

cloyingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for cloying (2 of 2)


/ (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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