sentimental in a contrived or unrestrained way:The stories too often feature clichéd piffle and end with treacly flourishes.
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.
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How to use treacly in a sentence
The writers of aphoristic treacle are no more innocent than the purveyors of sugary drinks.Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Archer’ aims for profundity but misses | Ron Charles | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
And we all remember good-but-overpraised songs like If I Had a Hammer and the treacly classic Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Screw those treacly holiday offerings aiming to melt your heart or lift your spirits.Sarah Palin Serves Up a Healthy Serving of Venom in Her Christmas Book | Michelle Cottle | November 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Marvels of Scientific Invention | Thomas W. Corbin
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 Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia | C. Malcolm Watkins
The sugar in those days was the dark, treacly kind, that left a stain on the floor like blood; it came in casks.Early Days in North Queensland | Edward Palmer