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treacly (ˈtriːklɪ) 



  1. overly sweet or sticky
  2. overly sentimental

treacle (ˈtriːkəl Pronunciation for treacle



  1. Also called: black treacle (British) a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugar
  2. (British) another name for golden syrup
  3. anything sweet and cloying
  4. (obsolete) any of various preparations used as an antidote to poisoning

Derived Forms

ˈtreacly adjective
ˈtreacliness noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French triacle, from Latin thēriaca antidote to poison

Example Sentences Including 'treacly'

A red flush appeared beneath the treacly covering on the councillor's face.
Leeson, Robert The Third Class Genie
Are your roots treacly , or is there a pitcher in your brain?
Shah, Idries Kara Kush
At breakfast in the yard, spirits rose further still with the help of a dose of treacly army rum in the soldiers ' tea.
John Garth TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR: The Threshold of Middle-earth (2003)
Tell them to serve the Jack Daniel's `glaze" on the side: it's treacly and unpleasant.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
You have a perfect Nicaraguan accent'," she said in a perfectly breathless and treacly North American falsetto.
Globe and Mail (2003)
You will have read and seen so many treacly and disingenuous goodbyes to Jean Chretien that you will begin to doubt your sanity.
Ottawa Sun (2003)


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