- to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
- grime; soot.
Origin of colly
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Examples from the Web for colly
With a great burst of bleating they dashed off, the colly running after them.Glimpses of Three Coasts
Helen Hunt Jackson
Colly said that when he'd corrected it there was no S there.Lost Diaries
And my dog, the noble black Scotch colly, what had become of him, I wondered?Vendetta
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
Next thing, you fellows will be calling me old Colly Ridgeon.The Doctor's Dilemma
George Bernard Shaw
- soot or grime, such as coal dust
- (tr) to begrime; besmirch
C16: ultimately from Old English col coal
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