sally
Pronunciation Noun

sally (plural sallies)

  1. A willow
  2. Any tree that looks like a willow
  3. An object made from the above trees' wood
Noun

sally (plural sallies)

  1. A sortie of troops from a besieged place against an enemy.
  2. A sudden rushing forth.
  3. (figuratively) A witty statement or quip, usually at the expense of one's interlocutor.
  4. An excursion or side trip.
    • a. 1705, John Locke, “Of the Conduct of the Understanding”, in Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke: […], London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], published 1706, OCLC 6963663 ↗:
      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.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: остро́та
Translations Verb

sally

  1. (intransitive) To make a sudden attack on an enemy from a defended position.
    The troops sallied in desperation.
  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.
Noun

sally (plural sallies)

  1. (New Zealand, slang) A member of the Salvation Army.
Synonyms Related terms Noun

sally (plural sallies)

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

Sally
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈsæ.li/
Proper noun
  1. A female given name, also used as a formal given name.
    • 1969, Doris Lessing, The Four-Gated City, Bantam Books (1970), page 114:
      She submitted―for what alternative did she have?―to being Sally in this family, but she always signed herself, Sarah.
    • 2008, Stephen King, Just After Sunset, Simon and Schuster (2009), ISBN 1416586652, page 8:
      Maybe her first name was Sally, but David thought he would have remembered a name like that; there were so few Sallys these days. Now the world belonged to Ambers, Ashleys, and Tiffanys.
  2. (British) A nickname for the Salvation Army



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