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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: cloy 'to be cloying' (16-21 centuries), from accloy 'to make unable to walk' (14-18 centuries), from Old French encloer 'to drive a nail in', from Medieval Latin inclavare, from Latin clavus 'nail'

cloying

adjective
     
cloy‧ing
1 a cloying attitude or quality annoys you because it is too sweet or nice:
cloying sentimentality
2 cloying food or smells are sweet and make you feel sick:
the thick cloying smell of cheap perfume
cloyingly adverb

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