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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  • cloying — index nectarous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cloying — [adj] sickly sweet cheesy*, cornball*, corny*, cutesy*, drippy*, gooey*, honeyed, mushy*, over sentimental, oversweet, saccharine, sappy, sentimental, sugary, syrupy; concept 401 …   New thesaurus

  • cloying — cloy|ing [ˈklɔı ıŋ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: cloy to be cloying (16 21 centuries), from accloy to make unable to walk (14 18 centuries), from Old French encloer to drive a nail in , from Medieval Latin inclavare, from Latin clavus nail ] 1.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cloying — adjective 1 a cloying attitude or quality annoys you because it is too pleasant: cloying sentimentality 2 cloying food or smells are sweet and make you feel sick: The cloying stench of cheap perfume …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cloying — [[t]klɔ͟ɪɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED You use cloying to describe something that you find unpleasant because it is much too sweet, or too sentimental. Her cheap, cloying scent enveloped him... Most TV kids are so cloying. Syn: nauseating Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • cloying — adjective Date: 1594 disgusting or distasteful by reason of excess < cloying sweetness >; also excessively sweet or sentimental < a cloying romantic comedy > • cloyingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cloying — cloyingly, adv. /kloy ing/, adj. 1. causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess: a perfume of cloying sweetness. 2. overly ingratiating or sentimental. [1540 50; CLOY + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • cloying — adjective a) Unpleasantly excessive. The cloying fondness she displayed was what in the end drove me away. b) Excessively sweet. Syn: exaggerated, syrupy, treacly …   Wiktionary

  • cloying — adj. Cloying is used with these nouns: ↑sweetness …   Collocations dictionary

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