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colly

[kol-ee]British Dialect
verb (used with object), col·lied, col·ly·ing.
  1. to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
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noun
  1. grime; soot.
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Origin of colly

1555–65; variant of collow (v.), Middle English colwen, derivative of Old English col coal; see -y1
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Historical Examples

  • We remember these words later, when the sun of reason is 'collied,' blackened and blotted out in total eclipse.

    Shakespearean Tragedy

    A. C. Bradley


British Dictionary definitions for collied

colly

noun plural -lies
  1. soot or grime, such as coal dust
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verb collies, collying or collied
  1. (tr) to begrime; besmirch
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Word Origin

C16: ultimately from Old English col coal
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