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cloy

[kloi] /klɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance:
A diet of cake and candy soon cloys.
Origin of cloy
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. glut, sate, bore.
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  • We then say that the classic does not satisfy us, and that the "Grecian cloys us with his perfectness."

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • A too constant man is like an overstrong sweet: he cloys us.

  • This fruit is most refreshing—but it's curious how it cloys on you!

  • And Brian had found in Joan's face the vigor of sweetness, not the kind that cloys.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • It was an exquisite vigor of sweetness, not in the least the kind that cloys.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • She was not like a song—even your sweetest song—which, heard too often, cloys, its phrases dropping to senseless notes.

  • A perfect day in April far excels a perfect day in June, because it provokes and stimulates while the latter sates and cloys.

    Riverby John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for cloys

cloy

/klɔɪ/
verb
1.
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 cloys

cloy

v.

"weary by too much, fill to loathing, surfeit," 1520s, from Middle English cloyen "hinder movement, encumber" (late 14c.), a shortening of accloyen (early 14c.), from Old French encloer "to fasten with a nail, grip, grasp," figuratively "to hinder, check, stop, curb," from Late Latin inclavare "drive a nail into a horse's foot when shoeing," from Latin clavus "a nail" (see slot (n.2)).

Accloye is a hurt that cometh of shooing, when a Smith driveth a nail in the quick, which make him to halt. [Edward Topsell, "The History of Four-footed Beasts," 1607]
The figurative meaning "fill to a satiety, overfill" is attested for accloy from late 14c. Related: Cloyed; cloying.

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