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Definition overly sweet — on the tongue or in sentiment
  • leaves a cloying aftertaste
cloying = overly sweet — on the tongue or in sentiment
  • annoyed by his cloying deference
  • Her comments were beginning to have a cloying effect.
  • "How are you doing, sweetie?" I asked, cloying.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • cloying = too sweetly
  • And the rest of her senior year will probably suck, what with her getting all that cloying your-best-friend's-dead sympathy that will drive her so crazy,
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • cloying = overly sweet
  • And she had discovered, with the very first toast, that she liked the sweet, cloying taste of the wine, even though it made her head buzz.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • cloying = overly sweet
  • I could taste it as soon as it touched my shield—it had a dense, sweet, cloying flavor.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The night wind came whispering in, cutting through the cloy of the spilled perfume.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • The ring shimmered in the cloying air above the falls, at the edge of the void.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • The sweetness became cloying after the third bite, but he kept on.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Bear with me; I am hungry for revenge, And now I cloy me with beholding it.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • And suddenly the smell of oranges, heavy and cloying, he had just time to reach the men's room before it came, deafening, terrified: (!
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Its cloying smoke lingers as he strides to the door.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • They watched in horror as the line of toppling, crumbling Grandfathers overtook the lamplight, filling the air with cloying, acrid dust.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The first thing I noticed was the familiar cloying smell of lemon furniture polish.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • I heard Heath's voice again, rising from my memory like a cloying mist: Yes .... whatever you want ....
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • But when they have to drink a whole bottle or can, that sweetness can get really overpowering or cloying.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Yeah, uh-huh," Barbara says, perplexed by such cloying, white-hot affection from people she's never met.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The room smelled of sickness, a cloying odor made up in equal parts of stale sweat and medicine.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • I've tasted butterscotch on his dry-kiss lips, a cloying flavor that was never there before.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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