Word of the Day for Sunday April 3, 2005
cloy \KLOY\, transitive verb:
To weary by excess, especially of sweetness, richness,
To become distasteful through an excess usually of something
The opulence, the music, the gouty food -- all start to
cloy my senses.
--Jeffrey Tayler, "The Moscow Rave, part two: I Have
Payments to Make on My Mink," Atlantic, December 31,
I use orange and lemon zest in the recipe and a drizzle of
soured cream at the table to take away its tendency to
--Nigel Slater, "Cream tease," The Observer, December
The soft Orvieto Abboccato has just enough sweetness
to please but not to cloy, a friendly character that tempts
one to linger over a second glass.
--George Pandi, "Orvieto's pleasures deserve to be savored
like its wine," Boston Herald, July 18, 2004
Cloy is short for obsolete accloy, "to clog," alteration of
Middle English acloien, "to lame," from Middle French encloer,
"to drive a nail into," from Medieval Latin inclavare, from
Latin in, "in" + clavus, "nail."
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