Sometimes you eat something that is too cheesy or too sweet and you can't eat too much of it - not because you are full but because you feel "overwhelmed" by the taste. Is there a word that describes this feeling?

  • Not sure about the feeling but the food was sickly². Apr 17, 2020 at 21:09
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    Overwhelmed is the exact word. You are always overwhelmed by something: "I am overwhelmed by its richness." There is no word that specifically means "overwhelmed by richness." You use it in the question, and it describes the feeling just as it should. There is no better word for it. Apr 18, 2020 at 16:30

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Cloying is a possible candidate -- Cambridge:

too sweet and therefore unpleasant

Or Webster:

disgusting or distasteful by reason of excess

  • This is what I was looking for, thanks! Apr 18, 2020 at 22:19
  • I am a little curious why it got two downvotes.
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    Apr 18, 2020 at 22:22
  • Cloying seems to have negative connotations not present in the statement of the question. I'm curious how the questioner would use cloying in a sentence. Apr 19, 2020 at 12:15

To be ovewhelmed/overcome¹ by the headiness of sth (mild dislike but not necessarily)

(SOED) heady: apt to intoxicate

  • The Flavour Thesaurus Niki Segnit - 2010
    Its bitter, tannic quality is apt to cut through the fatty headiness of the cheese, and its sweetness peeps through too.

To find the taste of sth (slightly) offensive

(SOED) offensive: disgusting; nauseous

To be slightly nauseated by the taste of sth
To feel slightly nauseous from the taste of sth

To be sickened by the taste of sth (strong dislike)

SOED: feel nausea, loathing or disgust

¹Addition after user Isabel Archer's comment

  • I think using the word "overcome" might work as well. I still feel with both that something is missing. "Overwhelmed" may have a slight positive connotation. "Overcome' doesn't have that problem,but it may not be right either. Apr 19, 2020 at 1:21
  • @IsabelArcher In fact those two word are synonyms (that's what the OALD tells me).
    – LPH
    Apr 19, 2020 at 13:20

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