- one of a breed of dogs having a usually long, black, tan, and white or sable and white coat, raised originally in Scotland for herding sheep.
Origin of collie
- to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.
- grime; soot.
Origin of colly
Examples from the Web for collies
The collies appeared in a delighted group to rush into the house.Peak and Prairie
You put me verra much in mind of one of my collies—I declare if you don't!The Story of Wool
Sara Ware Bassett
The winners of the first and second prizes departed with their collies.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
Collies are particular, and this one hated to sit with the wind in his face.
Finally, lagging some yards behind, limped Murdo's two collies.Pharais and The Mountain Lovers
- soot or grime, such as coal dust
- (tr) to begrime; besmirch
Word Origin and History for collies
1650s, possibly from dialectal coaly "coal-black," the color of some breeds (cf. colley, "sheep with black face and legs," attested from 1793; Middle English colfox, "coal-fox," a variety of fox with tail and both ears tipped with black; and colley, Somerset dialectal name for "blackbird"). Or from Scandinavian proper name Colle, which is known to have been applied to dogs in Middle English ("Ran Colle our dogge, and Talbot, and Gerlond" [Chaucer]); or perhaps a convergence of the two.