- contrived or unrestrained sentimentality: a movie plot of the most shameless treacle.
- molasses, especially that which is drained from the vats used in sugar refining.
- Also called golden syrup.a mild mixture of molasses, corn syrup, etc., used in cooking or as a table syrup.
- Pharmacology Obsolete. any of various medicinal compounds, formerly used as antidotes for poison.
Origin of treacle
Examples from the Web for treacly
And we all remember good-but-overpraised songs like If I Had a Hammer and the treacly classic Where Have All the Flowers Gone?The Death of 'Stalin's Songbird'
January 29, 2014
Here was this anti-war holiday demoted to treacly sentimentality.Mother’s Day 2013: Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong & Writers Thank Their Moms
Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong, Fay Weldon, Dalma Heyn, Joyce Maynard
May 12, 2013
It avoids that treacly, touchy-feely ground on which Democrats so love to walk.Michael Tomasky: With Joe Biden’s Speech, The Democrats Finally Man Up
April 28, 2012
He watched the treacly pour of the yellow fog thickening about him.Patsy
S. R. Crockett
And he set the sail, and Eliza steered as well as she could in her treacly state.Oswald Bastable and Others
He takes a pellet of the black, treacly stuff on the end of a knitting-needle.From Sea to Sea
"I haven't had any," she said, grasping the teapot and pouring a treacly liquid into a cup.Simon the Jester
William J. Locke
It should make an end of the treacly farce which bandies between hopelessly parted colleagues the title 'right hon. friend.'
- Also called: black treacle British a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugar
- British another name for golden syrup
- anything sweet and cloying
- obsolete any of various preparations used as an antidote to poisoning
Word Origin and History for treacly
mid-14c., "medicinal compound, antidote for poison," from Old French triacle "antidote" (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *triacula, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake (antidotos) "antidote for poisonous wild animals," from fem. of theriakos "of a wild animal," from therion "wild animal," diminutive of ther (genitive theros) "wild animal," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild" (see fierce).
Sense of "molasses" is first recorded 1690s; that of "anything too sweet or sentimental" is from 1771. The connection may be from the use of molasses as a laxative, or its use to disguise the bad taste of medicine.