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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kloi-ing]
    • /ˈklɔɪ ɪŋ/
    • /ˈklɔɪ.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kloi-ing]
    • /ˈklɔɪ ɪŋ/

Definitions of cloying word

  • adjective cloying You use cloying to describe something that you find unpleasant because it is much too sweet, or too sentimental. 3
  • adjective cloying initially pleasurable or sweet but wearying in excess 3
  • abbreviation CLOYING cloy 3
  • adjective cloying displeasing or distasteful because of excess 3
  • adjective cloying overly sweet, sentimental, etc. 3
  • adjective cloying causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess: a perfume of cloying sweetness. 1

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Origin of cloying

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1540-50; cloy + -ing2

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Parts of speech for Cloying


cloying popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% 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 cloying

adj cloying

  • sugary — of, containing, or resembling sugar.
  • sentimental — expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
  • gooey — like or covered with goo; sticky; viscid.
  • sappy — abounding in sap, as a plant.
  • saccharine — of the nature of or resembling that of sugar: a powdery substance with a saccharine taste.

adjective cloying

  • sticky — having the property of adhering, as glue; adhesive.
  • sickly — not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
  • nauseating — causing sickness of the stomach; nauseous.
  • sickening — causing or capable of causing sickness, especially nausea, disgust, or loathing: sickening arrogance.
  • heavy — of great weight; hard to lift or carry: a heavy load.

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