synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of sally in English

English Online Dictionary. What means sally‎? What does sally mean?


Alternative forms

  • salley (obsolete)


  • IPA(key): /ˈsæli/
  • Rhymes: -æli

Etymology 1

From Middle English saly, from Old English saliġ, sealh (willow). More at sallow.


sally (plural sallies)

  1. A willow
  2. Any tree that looks like a willow
  3. An object made from the above trees' wood
Derived terms
  • sally rod

Etymology 2

Borrowed from French saillie, from sailli, the past participle of the verb saillir (to leap forth), itself from Latin salīre (to leap)


sally (plural sallies)

  1. A sortie of troops from a besieged place against an enemy.
  2. A sudden rushing forth.
    Flocks of these birds stir up flying insects, which can then be picked off in quick sallies.
  3. (figuratively) A witty statement or quip, usually at the expense of one's interlocutor.
  4. An excursion or side trip.
    • Everyone shall know a country better that makes often sallies into it, and traverses it up and down, than he that [] goes still round in the same track.
  5. A tufted woollen part of a bellrope, used to provide grip when ringing a bell.
See also
  • sally port


sally (third-person singular simple present sallies, present participle sallying, simple past and past participle sallied)

  1. (intransitive) To make a sudden attack (e.g. on an enemy from a defended position).
    The troops sallied in desperation.
    A feeding strategy of some birds is to sally out from a perch to snatch an insect and then returning to the same or a different perch.
  2. (intransitive) To set out on an excursion; venture; depart (often followed by "forth.")
    As she sallied forth from her boudoir, you would never have guessed how quickly she could strip for action. - William Manchester
  3. (intransitive) To venture off the beaten path.

Etymology 3

salvation +‎ -y


sally (plural sallies)

  1. (New Zealand, slang) A member of the Salvation Army.
  • Salvo

Related terms

  • Sally Army

Etymology 4



sally (plural sallies)

  1. A kind of stonefly.
  2. A wren.


  • Sylla, lylas, y'all's, y'alls

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