cloying cloying  /ˈklɔɪ ɪŋ/


  • (adj) overly sweet



  1. When the rustic charms of Copenhagen become too cloying, a gorgeously debauched side of the city awaits in its myriad dive bars.
  2. Picholine has gone with a cloying monochromatic palette: lavender walls, lavender accents, plum carpeting.
  3. At moments the movie, made for British television, risks being a cloying, rose-colored study of happy old folks at play, and the cheer sounds forced.


  1. 'Unfinished Song' review: Vanessa Redgrave stars in cute British dramedy

    "Unfinished Song" manages a tear or two, and enough laughs to get by -- even if from first scene to last, the strain to stop just short of cloying shows.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Zap2It

  2. Pasta salad with smoked mozzarella makes a cool meal for a hot day

    Macaroni salad PTSD. That's what I call my aversion to pasta salad. The memory is vague, but I think the salad included a giant oil slick of cloying mayo and canned tuna.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Boulder Daily Camera


  1. "The memo was just cloying and unforgivable and unforgiving, and shows that they are more concerned about them than their insured," Geragos said. "It just shows how out of touch they are."
    on Dec 24, 2007 By: Mark Geragos Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "Devon is able to hold an extraordinary emotional reservoir," says Egoyan, not usually an overly effusive type. "A lot of kids are very used to the performing aspects of their personality, which can become quite cloying at a certain point....
    on Aug 22, 2008 By: Atom Egoyan Source: Globe and Mail

  3. Although insisting that his "stamina is as good as I would want it to be" and that he felt confident he could maintain regular 18-hour working days, Sir Menzies said a "cloying blanket of speculation" about his leadership meant he could...
    on Oct 16, 2007 By: Sir Menzies Campbell Source:

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