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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kloi]
    • /klɔɪ/
    • /klɔɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kloi]
    • /klɔɪ/

Definitions of cloy word

  • verb cloy to make weary or cause weariness through an excess of something initially pleasurable or sweet 3
  • verb transitive cloy to surfeit, or make weary or displeased, by too much of something, esp. something sweet, rich, etc. 3
  • verb with object cloy to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate. 1
  • verb without object cloy to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance: A diet of cake and candy soon cloys. 1
  • noun cloy Disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment. 1
  • intransitive verb cloy be overly sweet 1

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Origin of cloy

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Cloy


cloy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for cloy

verb cloy

  • nauseate — to affect with nausea; sicken.
  • satiate — to supply with anything to excess, so as to disgust or weary; surfeit.
  • satisfy — to fulfill the desires, expectations, needs, or demands of (a person, the mind, etc.); give full contentment to: The hearty meal satisfied him.
  • surfeit — excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking.
  • glut — to feed or fill to satiety; sate: to glut the appetite.

Antonyms for cloy

verb cloy

  • deprive — If you deprive someone of something that they want or need, you take it away from them, or you prevent them from having it.
  • dissatisfy — to cause to be displeased, especially by failing to provide something expected or desired.
  • deplete — To deplete a stock or amount of something means to reduce it.
  • abstain — If you abstain from something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it.
  • diet — the legislative body of certain countries, as Japan.

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