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 inclāvāre Latin in- in ; see in- 2. Latin clāvāre to nail ( from clāvus 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.