from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a cloying manner; with distasteful excess.
  • adv. In an excessively sweet manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an overly sweet manner


cloying + -ly (Wiktionary)


  • How could I not like someone who called the cloyingly brooding Angel “Angel cakes”?

    Lorne moves on to his next life

  • This jumbled exercise by Bulareyaung Pagarlava amounts to a shapeless sampler of miscellaneous moods and shticks, from the cloyingly cute to the utterly arbitrary.

    A Cautionary Tale in Dance

  • When Mr. Duncan opened a small gelato shop in Washington, D.C., in 2004, he found his engineering and software background rather useless when it came to fixing a vanilla gelato that came out cloyingly sweet, a chocolate gelato that was inexplicably hard and dulce de leche that was too runny.

    The Self-Taught Mad Genius of Gelato

  • This is a train wreck of a movie, but it takes itself so seriously and it is so cloyingly Shaqcentric that it is nearly impossible to look away.

    Shaq’s Steel on DVD - The Retroist

  • The video's child-friendly dabbling with big ideas can seem cloyingly cute.

    The city as artifice, created as you watch

  • Many of these vineyards survived, partly out of neglect, and partly because of the popularity of White Zinfandel, a cloyingly sweet "blush" wine created at Sutter Home Vineyard in 1975.

    The Power and Punch of Zinfandel

  • But I can tell you - walking into my backyard on a day like today: sunny, perfectly warm without being cloyingly sticky and not a cloud in the sky, inspiration is everywhere.

    Good Things GroOow...

  • Ironically, for all the delicious aromas that fill the kitchen as this bread becomes reality, the finished loaf is not cloyingly sweet.

    It's Baaack!

  • That whitewashes all the distinction out of those vintage books and transforms them into a cloyingly slick and artificial product.

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  • It is a Christmas story for everyone who is annoyed by the recurrence of cloyingly sentimental tales by Connie Willis on the Hugo ballot: Santa Claus as eldritch horror, combined with the ghost of future office politics.

    World Cup Day 14

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