Cloy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cloyed (kloid); p. pr. & vb. n. Cloying.] [OE. cloer to nail up, F. clouer, fr. OF. clo nail, F. clou, fr. L. clavus nail. Cf. 3d Clove.]

1.

To fill or choke up; to stop up; to clog.

[Obs.]

The duke's purpose was to have cloyed the harbor by sinking ships, laden with stones. Speed.

2.

To glut, or satisfy, as the appetite; to satiate; to fill to loathing; to surfeit.

[Who can] cloy the hungry edge of appetite By bare imagination of a feast? Shak.

He sometimes cloys his readers instead of satisfying. Dryden.

3.

To penetrate or pierce; to wound.

Which, with his cruel tusk, him deadly cloyed. Spenser.

He never shod horse but he cloyed him. Bacon.

4.

To spike, as a cannon.

[Obs.]

Johnson.

5.

To stroke with a claw.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

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