Cloy Cloy (kloi), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cloyed} (kloid); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cloying}.] [OE. cloer to nail up, F. clouer, fr. OF. clo nail, F. clou, fr. L. clavus nail. Cf. 3d {Clove}.] 1. To fill or choke up; to stop up; to clog. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The duke's purpose was to have cloyed the harbor by sinking ships, laden with stones. --Speed. [1913 Webster]

2. To glut, or satisfy, as the appetite; to satiate; to fill to loathing; to surfeit. [1913 Webster]

[Who can] cloy the hungry edge of appetite By bare imagination of a feast? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He sometimes cloys his readers instead of satisfying. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To penetrate or pierce; to wound. [1913 Webster]

Which, with his cruel tusk, him deadly cloyed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

He never shod horse but he cloyed him. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To spike, as a cannon. [Obs.] --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

5. To stroke with a claw. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • cloy — [klɔı] v [I] if something sweet or pleasant cloys, it begins to annoy you because there is too much of it ▪ Her sweet submissive smile began to cloy after a while …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cloy — (v.) weary by too much, fill to loathing, surfeit, 1520s, from M.E. cloyen hinder movement, encumber (late 14c.), aphetic of accloyen (early 14c.), from O.Fr. encloer to fasten with a nail, grip, grasp, figuratively to hinder, check, stop, curb,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cloy — vb *satiate, sate, surfeit, pall, glut, gorge Antonyms: whet Contrasted words: stimulate, pique, excite, *provoke …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cloy — [v] overfill disgust, fill, glut, gorge, jade, nauseate, pall, sate, satiate, satisfy, sicken, stall, stodge, suffice, surfeit, weary; concept 740 …   New thesaurus

  • cloy — [kloi] vt., vi. [aphetic < ME acloien, to hamper, harm, obstruct < OFr encloyer, to fasten with a nail, hinder < clou, a nail < L clavus, nail: see CLOSE2] to surfeit, or make weary or displeased, by too much of something, esp.… …   English World dictionary

  • cloy — UK [klɔɪ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms cloy : present tense I/you/we/they cloy he/she/it cloys present participle cloying past tense cloyed past participle cloyed to make you feel sick or annoyed by being too sweet or too pleasant The… …   English dictionary

  • cloy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. glut, satiate, surfeit, sate; pall, bore. See sufficiency, weariness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. satiate, surfeit, suffice, pall; see satisfy 1 , weary 1 . See Synonym Study at satiate . III (Roget s 3… …   English dictionary for students

  • cloy — [14] Cloy originally meant ‘fasten with a nail’. It is a reduced form of the long obsolete acloy, which came from Anglo Norman acloyer. This was a variant of Old French encloyer, a descendant of the Vulgar Latin compound verb inclāvāre, based on… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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