from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small portion of food or a slice, especially of meat.
  • n. A roll of fat flesh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slice of meat.
  • n. A roll or fold of flesh on the body.
  • n. A small piece, portion, or slice of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small slice of meat; a piece of flesh.
  • n. A part or piece of anything; a portion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slice or lump of flesh; a piece of meat.
  • n. Figuratively A slice or piece of anything; anything in the shape of a collop.
  • n. A rounded fold of flesh, as on some very fat animals.


Middle English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Scandinavian kallops stewed meat (Wiktionary)


  • Wherever grass grows there will a Kerry calf or "collop" be found.

    Disturbed Ireland Being the Letters Written During the Winter of 1880-81.

  • But I never counted upon being beaten so thoroughly as I was; for knowing me now to be off my guard, the young hussy stopped at the farmyard gate, as if with a brier entangling her, and while I was stooping to take it away, she looked me full in the face by the moonlight, and jerked out quite suddenly, — ‘Can your love do a collop, John?’

    Lorna Doone

  • But now you go into the parlour, dear, while I do your collop.

    Lorna Doone

  • This was true enough; and seeing no chance of anything more than cross questions and crooked purposes, at which a girl was sure to beat me, I even allowed her to lead me home, with the thoughts of the collop uppermost.

    Lorna Doone

  • Who can do him a red deer collop, except Sally herself, as I can?

    Lorna Doone

  • The pie only served to sharpen his appetite, and I heard him sharpening his knife and saying he must have a collop or two, for he was not near satisfied.

    The Red Fairy Book

  • Inside the stable, others more fortunate stood in stalls, but they were such horses as will snap at you when you pass by them, and Inman turned and watched as a claybank mare bit a collop of flesh as big as a walnut out of the upper arm of one of the old market-bound men passing through the hall on the way to his room.

    Cold Mountain

  • A piece of collop in a frying-pan left on the table, and dirty crockery in the sink.

    Maigret at the Crossroads

  • An 'if the pope himself said grace, I'd sooner starve than ate a collop of the crater.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • He knew him when he began with a _collop_ of sheep as his property in the world.

    The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent

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  • (n): Slices of meat.

    January 4, 2009

  • ...shaping appetizing long words from the most unpromising scraps and collops.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor.

    May 17, 2008