colly

[ kol-ee ]
/ ˈkɒl i /
British Dialect

verb (used with object), col·lied, col·ly·ing.

to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.

noun

grime; soot.

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Origin of colly

1555–65; variant of collow (v.), Middle English colwen, derivative of Old English colcoal; see -y1
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Example sentences from the Web for colly

  • 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 colly

colly
/ (ˈkɒlɪ) archaic, or dialect /

noun plural -lies

soot or grime, such as coal dust

verb collies, collying or collied

(tr) to begrime; besmirch

Word Origin for colly

C16: ultimately from Old English col coal
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