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First attested in 1590s (as colloguing), presumably from colleague (to associate) and French colloque (secret meeting), from Latin colloquium (English colloquy), possibly influenced by dialogue.[1]

Ultimately from Latin collega (a partner in office)[2] + Ancient Greek λόγος (lógos, speech; oration; discourse), perhaps partly via Latin loquor (I speak)[3].



collogue (third-person singular simple present collogues, present participle colloguing, simple past and past participle collogued)

  1. (intransitive) To simulate belief.
  2. (transitive) To coax; to flatter.
  3. (rare) To talk privately or secretly; to conspire.
    • 1937, Helen Simpson, Under Capricorn (fiction):
      Ay, well, what I say - " Flusky frowned, endeavouring to put into words just what he did say, when he collogued with his own thoughts. "What I say: in a country where everything's to do, the hands has a chance to put themselves equal with the head."
    • 1861, George Eliot, Silas Marner (fiction), William Blackwood and Sons:
      You let Dunsey have it, sir? And how long have you been so thick with Dunsey that you must collogue with him to embezzle my money?


  1. ^ collogue” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  2. ^ collega in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  3. ^ loquor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  1. Bryan A. Garner (2009) Garner’s Modern American Usage, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, collogue, page 165



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collogue (plural collogues)

  1. talk, conversation, interview


collogue (third-person singular present collogues, present participle colloguin, past collogued, past participle collogued)

  1. to talk, chat