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  1. sentimental in a contrived or unrestrained way:The stories too often feature clichéd piffle and end with treacly flourishes.

  2. British. resembling molasses mixed with corn syrup in taste, color, texture, etc.:The chestnut honey has a sweet, treacly taste with an earthy, nutty aroma.We spent a delicious hour inhaling the treacly light of late afternoon.

Origin of treacly


Words Nearby treacly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use treacly in a sentence

  • It was improving and patronising and treacly, and full of information, partly about the lectures, but mostly about himself.

    The Romance of His Life | Mary Cholmondeley
  • The thick treacly liquid is thus drawn out into a thread of such fineness that a microscope is necessary to find it with.

  • 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
  • The glaze is treacly black, often applied unevenly and sometimes pitted with air bubbles.

  • The sugar in those days was the dark, treacly kind, that left a stain on the floor like blood; it came in casks.