What does the word treacle mean?

Usage examples for treacle

  1. The treacle tanks and great reservoirs of linseed tea were thoroughly dragged, but with no result whatever. – Bill the Minder by W. Heath Robinson
  2. The pretty blue sea and the brown fisher- folk call for popular admiration almost as imperatively as the sunset in the village churchyard; and when an artist- for in his adventures among dealers Mr. Smith met one or two- points out how much less like treacle Mr. Hook is than Mr. Leader, and how much more flowing and supple the drawing of the sea- shore is than the village seen against the sunset, Mr. Smith thinks he understands what is meant. – Modern Painting by George Moore
  3. Thus, in addressing Mr. Taylor, on August 23, 1819, he says: " I equally dislike the favour of the public with the love of a woman; they are both a cloying treacle to the wings of independence." – Life of John Keats by William Michael Rossetti