V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. satiating to the point of disgust, especially of sweetness; 2. overly ingratiating or sentimental, possibly insincere

Synonyms: satiating, excessive, saccharine, gushing, overdone, overly flattering


Tips: Cloying generally describes anything that is far too sweet. Something originally pleasing may become cloying--too much of a good thing. Perfume, sweet food, even overly cute behavior and excessive flattery can all be cloying.

Usage Examples:

Some people find dessert wine to be cloying. (saccharine, excessive, too sweet)

The restaurant owner's cloying behavior with the guests was unnecessary because the food was so good, and there was no need to act overly sweet with them. (gushing, overly flattering)

I find it cloying when people wear heavy perfume at the gym. (excessive)

The way the intern followed me around the office and hung on every word I said became cloying. (excessive, gushing, overdone)

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