Sunday, April 03, 2005

cloy

Word of the Day for Sunday April 3, 2005

cloy \KLOY\, transitive verb:
To weary by excess, especially of sweetness, richness,
pleasure, etc.

intransitive verb:
To become distasteful through an excess usually of something
originally pleasing.

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," [1]Atlantic, December 31,
1997

I use orange and lemon zest in the recipe and a drizzle of
soured cream at the table to take away its tendency to
cloy.
--Nigel Slater, "Cream tease," [2]The Observer, December
14, 2003

The soft [3]Orvieto [4]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," [5]Boston Herald, July 18, 2004
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Cloy is short for obsolete [6]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."

References

1. http://www.theatlantic.com/
2. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/
3. http://www.epicurious.com/drinking/wine_dictionary/search?query=Orvieto
4. http://www.epicurious.com/drinking/wine_dictionary/entry?id=5250
5. http://www.bostonherald.com/
6. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=accloy

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation

1 comment:

Janine said...

Miss Koco, Why no new updates? It's been like 10 days! So sad.