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English definition of “treacly”

treacly

adjective uk   /ˈtriː.kəl.i/ /-kli/ us  

treacly adjective (STICKY)

dark and sticky, like treacle: He'd coated the shelves with a thick treacly varnish.Glues and gluing and stickiness

treacly adjective (FEELINGS)

disapproving too pleasant or kind, or expressing feelings of love in a false way: The film is spoilt by a slightly treacly sentimentality.Sentimental and over-emotional
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