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[kloi] /klɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.
verb (used without object)
to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance:
A diet of cake and candy soon cloys.
1350-1400; aphetic variant of Middle English acloyen < Middle French enclo(y)er < Late Latin inclāvāre to nail in, equivalent to in- in-2 + -clāvāre, verbal derivative of clāvus nail
Related forms
overcloy, verb (used with object)
uncloyed, adjective
1. glut, sate, bore. Unabridged
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Examples for cloy
  • There's a bit of spice in there that keeps the cloy level down.
  • The technique is highly skilled, but the matter begins to cloy.
  • If you prefer it dark and bittersweet, this delicately flavored but sugary treat could cloy.
British Dictionary definitions for cloy


to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet
Word Origin
C14 (originally: to nail, hence, to obstruct): from earlier acloyen, from Old French encloer, from Medieval Latin inclavāre, from Latin clāvāre to nail, from clāvus a nail
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Word Origin and History for cloy
1530, aphetic of Anglo-Norm. acloyer, from O.Fr. enclouer "to fasten with a nail, hinder, cripple a horse by driving a nail into the hoof," from clou "a nail," from V.L. inclavare, from L. clavus "a nail" (see slot (2)). Meaning "to fill to loathing, surfeit" is first recorded 1530.
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