• WordNet 3.6
    • v cloy cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing "Too much spicy food cloyed his appetite"
    • v cloy supply or feed to surfeit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cloy To fill or choke up; to stop up; to clog. "The duke's purpose was to have cloyed the harbor by sinking ships, laden with stones."
    • Cloy To glut, or satisfy, as the appetite; to satiate; to fill to loathing; to surfeit. "Who can cloy the hungry edge of appetite
      By bare imagination of a feast?"
      "He sometimes cloys his readers instead of satisfying."
    • Cloy To penetrate or pierce; to wound. "Which, with his cruel tusk, him deadly cloyed .""He never shod horse but he cloyed him."
    • Cloy To spike, as a cannon.
    • Cloy To stroke with a claw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cloy To pierce; gore.
    • cloy In farriery, to prick (a horse) in shoeing.
    • cloy To stop up; obstruct; clog.
    • cloy To spike; drive a spike into the vent of: as, to cloy a gun.
    • cloy To satiate; gratify to repletion or so as to cause loathing; surfeit; sate.
    • cloy Synonyms Sate, etc. (see satisfy), pall, glut, gorge.
    • cloy To stroke with a claw.
    • n cloy An artificial mixture of plastic character, in this respect resembling clay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cloy kloi to fill to loathing: to satiate:
    • pr.p Cloy cloy′ing; pa.p. cloyed
    • v.t Cloy kloi (Shak.) to stroke with a claw.
    • v.t Cloy kloi (Spens.) to gore
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  • Camille Paglia
    “Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!”
  • John Keats
    “I equally dislike the favor of the public with the love of a woman -- they are both a cloying treacle to the wings of independence.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.”
  • Nathaniel Cotton
    Nathaniel Cotton
    “Mental pleasure are never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cloer, to nail up, F. clouer, fr. OF. clo, nail, F. clou, fr. L. clavus, nail. Cf. 3d Clove
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clouer, to drive a nail into, to spike or stop, as a gun, from L. clavus, a nail.


In literature:

Things agreeable enough in small quantities, pall and cloy if the ration be overmuch augmented.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
So feeble and cloying is the venereal indulgence, if Love inspires it not.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
But why doe I digresse the path I tread, Cloying your eares with that your eyes doe read?
"Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)" by Dunstan Gale
The cloy of the seductive drug holds to that world of mystery, and they come to it again, and yet again.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
To draw an analogy from another sense, we might rejoin that the best champagne is "sec," all the superfluous, cloying sugar being removed.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
No diffidence cloyed his manner now.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Paradise without a spice of deviltry would cloy.
"The Lord of Misrule" by Alfred Noyes
April is that part of the season that never cloys upon the palate.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Their senses, cloyed by grief, knew that whatever it was of ill-omen, it could not touch them now.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
It is sweet, but its breath is heavy and cloying; it takes away sleep and fills the brain with stupor.
"The Flower Princess" by Abbie Farwell Brown

In poetry:

Life is a fixed, discerning light,
A knowing joy;
No chance or fit, but ever bright
And calm and full, yet doth not cloy.
"Quickness" by Henry Vaughan
Sheen will tarnish, honey cloy,
And merry is only a mask of sad,
But, sober on a fund of joy,
The woods at heart are glad.
"Waldeinsamkeit" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
HE. Specious foil!
That parries every stroke before 'tis made.
Yet surfeit's self doth not more surely cloy
Than endless fasting.
"A Dialogue At Fiesole" by Alfred Austin
It is that thou thro' future years
May meet with very much of joy,
And just a little grief, because
Continued happiness will cloy.
"To Miss - -" by Thomas Frederick Young
When God on Sodom, in his ire,
And on Gomorrah, rain'd down fire,
His wrathful vengeance was not cloy'd,
Until Zeboïm was destroy'd :
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
"A thoughtful Spirit taught me soon
That we must long till life be done;
That every phase of earthly joy
Will always fade and always cloy--
"How beautiful the Earth is still" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Short and… Sweet, Sincere, Cloying, Beautiful: Oscar Nominees, in Brief.
'She Loves Me' is perfectly sweet but not cloying .
'Sunshine Cleaning' can't scrub away cloying indie cliches, cheap plot gimmicks.
Extremely Cloying & Incredibly False.
Most daiquiris are cloyingly sweet and filled with booze, but make your own for a much lighter version of this classic cocktail.
Lesser Belgian beers hammer the tongue with cloying flavors reminiscent of fruitcake.
") and the cloying (Sandra Boynton's "Yay You.
Let's start with the fruit: the cloyingly sweet, brighter-than-life lumps of red, green and yellow that dare you to guess their identity.
The glazed yeast doughnuts are dark, fragrant and honeyed — a quality that should not be confused with cloying sweetness.
Saturday Night' w/ Mark E. Short and… Sweet, Sincere, Cloying, Beautiful: Oscar Nominees, in Brief.
The humor community of the kinder and gentler 90's is being swept by waves of touchy-feely caution and cloying cuteness.
Japanese sweet potatoes are an alternative to the cloying charms of the average yellow-fleshed type.
But the songs are so marred by the singer's effete, cloying vocals as to render all of them virtually unlistenable.
Gifted actors wasted on cloying, convoluted play.
Japanese sweet potato es are an alternative to the cloying charms of the average yellow-fleshed type.

In science:

Like it or not, we are destined to live in an era of cloying and lame acronyms. A second recurring theme, not unrelated to the first, has been that of the “exclusion” diagram.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary