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.
Ultimately from Latin collega (“a partner in office”) + Ancient Greek λόγος (lógos, “speech; oration; discourse”), perhaps partly via Latin loquor (“I speak”).
collogue (third-person singular simple present collogues, present participle colloguing, simple past and past participle collogued)
- (intransitive) To simulate belief.
- (transitive) To coax; to flatter.
- (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?
- Bryan A. Garner (2009) Garner’s Modern American Usage, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, collogue, page 165