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[kol-ee] /ˈkɒl i/ British Dialect
verb (used with object), collied, collying.
to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
grime; soot.
Origin of colly
1555-65; variant of collow (v.), Middle English colwen, derivative of Old English col coal; see -y1 Unabridged
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  • With a great burst of bleating they dashed off, the colly running after them.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • His cattle were ranging over the hillsides, attended by a colly.

  • And my dog, the noble black Scotch colly, what had become of him, I wondered?

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • The other day at French Campbell went up to colly and asked him what was wrong with les tables it had a pencil cross on it.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • colly said that when he'd corrected it there was no S there.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • I'll take your old clothes, colly, sooner than disgrace you by talking to you in the street in my own; but I wont borrow money.

    The Doctor's Dilemma George Bernard Shaw
  • As an interpretation of Shakspere, it is no more than on a plane with colly Cibber.

  • The kitchen was empty, and silent too, except for the tick of the clock and the colly's labored breathing.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • colly Cibber read "Clarissa" before its publication, and was wrought up into a high state of excitement by the story.

  • I've larnt that the nager's anger with colly is all a pretince, an' that she's an old she schemer.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for colly


noun (pl) -lies
soot or grime, such as coal dust
verb collies, collying, collied
(transitive) to begrime; besmirch
Word Origin
C16: ultimately from Old English colcoal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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