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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 of 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

    Maurice Baring

  • And my dog, the noble black Scotch colly, what had become of him, I wondered?

    Vendetta

    Marie Corelli

  • 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

    Mayne Reid

  • Next thing, you fellows will be calling me old Colly Ridgeon.

    The Doctor's Dilemma

    George Bernard Shaw


British Dictionary definitions for colly

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 for colly

C16: ultimately from Old English col coal
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