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. 2001.

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  • cloying — [kloi′iŋ] vt., vi. prp. of CLOY adj. 1. displeasing or distasteful because of excess [cloying sweetness] 2. overly sweet, sentimental, etc. [a cloying romance novel] cloyingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • 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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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