Definition of cloying adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    cloying

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈklɔɪɪŋ//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1(of food, a smell, etc.) so sweet that it is unpleasant
  2. 2using emotion in a very obvious way, so that the result is unpleasant the cloying sentimentality of her novels His acting was passionate, but never cloying or sentimental.
 
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