colly

[ kol-ee ]
/ ˈkɒl i /
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verb (used with object), col·lied, col·ly·ing.

to blacken as with coal dust; begrime.

noun

grime; soot.

Nearby words

  1. collusively,
  2. collut.,
  3. collutorium,
  4. collutory,
  5. colluvium,
  6. collyr.,
  7. collyrium,
  8. collywobbles,
  9. colmar,
  10. colo-

Origin of colly

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

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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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