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verb [intransitive] cloy pronunciation in American English /klɔɪ/
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present tense
present participlecloying
past tensecloyed
past participlecloyed
  1. to make you feel sick or annoyed by being too sweet or too pleasant

    The smell of her cheap perfume soon began to cloy.

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 cloy pronunciation in American English /ˈklɔɪɪŋ/ adjective

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a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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