cloy

  • 1 cloy — cloy; cloy·ing; cloy·less; cloy·some; cloy·ing·ly; cloy·ing·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 cloy — [ klɔı ] verb intransitive to make you feel sick or annoyed by being too sweet or too pleasant: The smell of her cheap perfume soon began to cloy. ╾ cloy|ing [ klɔııŋ ] adjective: the movie s cloying sentimentality …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

    New thesaurus

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 cloy — verb (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 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 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… …

    Word origins

  • 14 cloy — verb Etymology: Middle English, to hinder, lame, alteration of acloyen to harm, maim, modification of Anglo French encloer to nail, prick a horse with a nail in shoeing, from Medieval Latin inclavare, from Latin in + clavus nail Date: 1528… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 cloy — /kloy/, v.t. 1. to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate. v.i. 2. to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance: A diet of cake and candy soon cloys. [1350 1400; aph. var. of ME acloyen < MF… …

    Universalium

  • 16 cloy — verb /klɔɪ/ a) To fill up or choke up; to stop up. b) To clog, to glut, or satisfy, as the appetite; to …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 Cloy — Recorded in over fifty different spellings from Lewis, Lois, Lowis and Loisi, to such as Ludovici, Lotze, Lohde, and Ludwikiewicz, tjroughout Europe this great and ancient name is generally accepted as deriving from the pre 7th century Old… …

    Surnames reference

  • 18 cloy — Synonyms and related words: allay, cram, engorge, fill, fill up, glut, gorge, jade, overdose, overfeed, overfill, overgorge, oversaturate, overstuff, pall, sate, satiate, satisfy, saturate, slake, stall, stodge, stuff, supersaturate, surfeit …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 cloy — klɔɪ v. cause to feel satiated or gorged; fatten oneself, gorge oneself …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 cloy — verb [usu. as adjective cloying] disgust or sicken with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment. Derivatives cloyingly adverb Origin ME: shortening of obs. accloy stop up, choke , from OFr. encloyer drive a nail into …

    English new terms dictionary