Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drive a nail into a horseshoe; to lame.
  • v. To overfill; to fill to satiety; to stuff full.
  • v. To clog, clog up; to block.
  • v. To be disgusting to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To fill to satiety; to stuff full; to clog; to overload; to burden. See cloy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prick with a nail in shoeing: used by farriers. Skeat.
  • To injure; harm; impair.
  • To cloy; encumber; embarrass with superfluity; obstruct.

Etymologies

From Old French encloyer, encloer ("to drive in a nail"), from Medieval Latin inclavare, from Latin in- + clavus ("nail"). (Wiktionary)

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