An example of cloy is for a fruit pie to be far too sweet to finish even a slice.
Origin of cloyaphetic ; from Middle English acloien, to hamper, harm, obstruct ; from Old French encloyer, to fasten with a nail, hinder ; from clou, a nail ; from Classical Latin clavus, nail: see close
verbcloyed, cloy·ing, cloys
Origin of cloyShort for obsolete accloy, to clog, from Middle English acloien, from Old French encloer, to drive a nail into, from Medieval Latin inclavare : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Latin clavare, to nail (from clavus, nail).
(third-person singular simple present cloys, present participle cloying, simple past and past participle cloyed)
From an aphetic form of Middle English acloyen, from Old French enclouer, encloer, from Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre, from Late Latin clāvāre, present active infinitive of clāvō, from Latin clāvus.