AskDefine | Define colly

Dictionary Definition

colly v : make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!" [syn: dirty, soil, begrime, grime, bemire] [ant: clean] [also: collied, colliest, collier]

User Contributed Dictionary



From cole + -y


  1. black as coal
    ... four colly birds . . . - Twelve Days of Christmas


  1. transitive archaic to make black, as with coal


  1. Soot.
  2. A blackbird
  3. alternative spelling of collie

Extensive Definition

Collie or Colly may mean:


  • Collie, a type of herding dog originating in Britain, the origin of many breeds and types, some of which are also called "collie":
    • Australian Collie, a cross of Australian Sheepdog and Border Collie
    • Bearded Collie, a hairy type of collie
    • Border Collie, a collie type from the Border area of Scotland and Northern England, the most widespread herding dog
    • Farm Collie, a landrace collie type
    • German Collie or German Coolie, an Australian breed of herding dog probably derived from British collies
    • Scotch Collie, a dog breed derived largely from collies, consisting of two types:
    • Shetland Collie, the Shetland Sheepdog or Sheltie, a small pet breed derived partly from collies
    • Welsh Collie or Welsh Sheepdog, a landrace herding dog from Wales




colly in Finnish: Collie
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