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

Definition of collogue

intransitive verb

1 dialect : intrigue, conspire
2 : 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 Samuel Johnson's 1755 dictionary, he 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, but Johnson missed it; his oversight suggests that sense of the word was probably part of a dialect unfamiliar to him. The earliest known use of the "confer" sense of the word is found in an 1811 letter by Sir Walter Scott: "We shall meet and collogue upon it."

First Known Use of collogue

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collogue

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“Collogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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