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[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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  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


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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