col·​logue kə-ˈlōg How to pronounce collogue (audio)
collogued; colloguing

intransitive verb

dialect : intrigue, conspire
: to talk privately : confer

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Collogue has been with us since the 17th century, but beyond that little is known about its origin. In his 1755 dictionary, Samuel Johnson defined collogue as "to wheedle, to flatter; to please with kind words." The "intrigue or conspire" meaning of collogue was also common in Johnson's day; the fact that Johnson missed it suggests that the meaning may have been used primarily in a dialect unfamiliar to him. Evidence of the "confer" sense of the word appears in the 19th century. Walter Scott used it in an 1811 letter, writing "We shall meet and collogue upon it." Today, the word is mostly used by the Irish.

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of collogue was in 1646


Dictionary Entries Near collogue

Cite this Entry

“Collogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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