- 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.
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?
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Tomasky|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And, holding his reloaded Lee-Metford rifle high over his head, he plunged into the treacly sea and swam back towards the dragon.
"I haven't had any," she said, grasping the teapot and pouring a treacly liquid into a cup.Simon the Jester|William J. Locke
With a lot of trouble I got hold of a servant and made him bring us some of the treacly Turkish coffee.Greenmantle|John Buchan
And he set the sail, and Eliza steered as well as she could in her treacly state.
His eyes sought answer from the river and saw a rowboat rock at anchor on the treacly swells lazily its plastered board.Ulysses|James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for treacly
Word Origin for treacle
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.