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Friday, July 23, 2004

Definitions for treacly

  1. Like, or composed of, treacle.
  2. Overly sweet or sentimental.

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Citations for treacly
Before the revolution Chukovsky had tried to free children's literature from treacly verse and goody-goody stories. , St Petersburg : A Cultural History
Holmes flattered Gertie and Julia with smiles and gifts and treacly praise-especially Gertie-and how the women glowed in response. Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City
Origin of treacly
1275-1325
Treacly is formed from treacle, from Middle English triacle, "antidote against poison," from Old French, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake (antidotos), "(antidote against a poisonous bite from) a wild animal," feminine of theriakos, "of wild animals," from therion, diminutive of ther, "wild animal."