• (British) IPA: /ˈpali/

pally (comparative pallier, superlative palliest)

  1. Like a pal; friendly.
    • 1929, Basil Woon, From Deauville to Monte Carlo, [ page 157],
      The O′Briens are the palliest of pals with the Prince of Wales and when HRH is in Biarritz he and Jay are inseparable.
    • 1942, Seán O'Faoláin, Peadar O'Donnell, The Bell, Volume 5, [ page 157],
      Words are the friendliest and palliest things I know.
    • 1987, Alan Sillitoe, Every Day of the Week: An Alan Sillitoe Reader, [ page 30],
      […] he was a champion boozer and the palliest bloke in the pub.
    • 2006, Vidar Helgesen, Erik Solheim, The Straight Talkers, Harriet Martin (editor), Kofi Atta Annan (foreword), Kings of Peace, Pawns of War: The Untold Story of Peace-Making, [|most+pally%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qpzMT4euLs-eiAeu6PS0Bg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20pally%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pally%22&f=false page 112],
      And with each round the two negotiating teams got more and more pally. ‘By the sixth round we were having Jacuzzis together!’
    • 2010, Donald Munro, Diaries of a Stretcher-Bearer 1916-1918, [|most+pally%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qpzMT4euLs-eiAeu6PS0Bg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20pally%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pally%22&f=false page 100],
      When there were Australian officers everyone was more pally and sociable which made it easier for the lady in charge to entertain the party.
    • 2011, David Rowley, Erections in the Far East, [|most+pally%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qpzMT4euLs-eiAeu6PS0Bg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20pally%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pally%22&f=false page 19],
      The chap I′m most pally with is Fright who is nearly sixty now but still climbs like a youngster.

pally (plural pallies)

  1. (US) An affectionate term of address.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 164:
      ‘Sit here, pally.’ He pushed me down.
    • 1951, Cue: The Weekly Magazine of New York Life, [|%22pallies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&dq=%22pally%22|%22pallies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wYbMT--4H4eUiAfn-tSuBg&redir_esc=y page M-77],
      Well, a lot of water has flown under the bridges since then, pally, and while I have been laying off lately, I′m still the same old Joey, which is more than I can say for that O′Hara creep.
    • 1968, Alex La Guma, Tattoo Marks and Nails, A Walk in the Night: And Other Stories, [|%22pallies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2IvMT7atO82ciAeAs-DIBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pally%22|%22pallies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22pally%22&f=false page 95],
      Ahmed the Turk grinned. “You call this hot, chommy? Pally, we used to take slices off the heat, put them on our biscuits and make toast.”
    • 1993, Roger Kahn, The Era: 1947-1957, When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World, [|%22pallies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&dq=%22pally%22|%22pallies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22pally%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2IvMT7atO82ciAeAs-DIBg&redir_esc=y page 342],
      As the Giants moved West, most accpted Horace Stoneham′s apologia: “I can′t stay where I am, pally. If I don′t move the team I go bankrupt. Except for Chub [Feeney], all my relatives would starve.”
  2. (US, Australia) A slightly derogatory and insulting term of address.
    What do you think you are doing, pally?

pally (plural pallies)

  1. (slang, fantasy RPG) A paladin.


pally (plural Pallies)

  1. (colloquial) A Palestinian.

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