An example of cloy is for a fruit pie to be far too sweet to finish even a slice.
Origin of cloy
- Short 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 in–2 Latin clāvāre to nail (from clāvus nail)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.