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cloying (adj) (of foods and sweets) excessively sweet, and so sickening or distasteful; (of stories, plays, etc.) excessively sentimental, so unpleasant.

When an item of food, or a sweet, is so sweet that you begin to wish not to have any more of it, it is cloying. When you have had a hearty lunch or dinner, the sight or flavor of food is likely to be cloying. That is, you have enough of it and do not desire any more of it.

  • The excess of the perfume she used was so cloying to her boyfriend that when she came close to him he almost threw up (vomited) what he had eaten.
  • Whenever the wind blew, it carried to Jim working in the nearby office, the excessively sweet and cloying smell of the sweets in the confectionary, with the result that he developed an aversion for sweets and pastries.
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