(kloi), 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.]
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The duke's purpose was to have cloyed the harbor by sinking ships, laden with stones.
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2. To glut, or satisfy, as the appetite; to satiate; to fill to loathing; to surfeit.
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[Who can] cloy the hungry edge of appetite
By bare imagination of a feast?
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He sometimes cloys his readers instead of satisfying.
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3. To penetrate or pierce; to wound.
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Which, with his cruel tusk, him deadly cloyed.
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He never shod horse but he cloyed him.
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4. To spike, as a cannon. [Obs.] Johnson.
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5. To stroke with a claw. [Obs.] Shak.
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