There are 4 definitions of sally in English:

sally1

Line breaks: sally
Pronunciation: /ˈsali
 
/

noun (plural sallies)

1A sudden charge out of a besieged place against the enemy; a sortie: the garrison there made a sally against us
1.1A brief journey or sudden start into activity: his energetic sallies into the fields during harvesting
2A witty or lively remark, especially one made as an attack or as a diversion in an argument; a retort: there was subdued laughter at this sally his sally at Descartes
More example sentences
  • Michael furiously takes down all the witty sallies and asides, converting the evening into his next gay play, and, hopefully, a success.
  • The show was certainly a lively, fast-moving, hilarious affair salted with quick-firing sallies of naval wit and wisdom.
  • In response to each new sally of witticism, the Indians would break into uncontrollable fits of merriment.
Synonyms
witticism, witty remark, smart remark, quip, barb, pleasantry, epigram, aphorism; joke, pun, jest; retort, riposte, counter, rejoinder, return, retaliation; Frenchbon mot

verb (sallies, sallying, sallied)

[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
1Make a military sortie: they sallied out to harass the enemy
More example sentences
  • Richard hesitated to land, not knowing the situation, but as soon as the garrison saw the sails, they sallied out to attack.
  • The city guard sallied out and drove away the Crusaders, but the Franks returned to Civetot laden with booty and regaling everyone with tales of their great ‘victory.’
  • Forced to rely on their own resources, they sallied out of the city walls and routed Rory's army.
1.1 formal or humorous Set out from a place to do something: I made myself presentable and sallied forth
More example sentences
  • So it was with great anticipation and alacrity that G.H.S. Tramp Club enthusiasts sallied forth every third Saturday.
  • So after about 20 minutes attempting 73 different and equally ridiculous configurations of the harness, including one that actually prevented BJ from standing up, we bravely sallied forth.
  • We sallied forth to Finsbury Park around three o'clock, joining the tens of thousands that were in attendance already, and the seemingly equal number that filed in thereafter as we sat and waited for further friends to arrive.

Origin

late Middle English: from French saillie, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of saillir 'come or jut out', from Old French salir 'to leap', from Latin salire.

More definitions of sally

Definition of sally in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day erroneous
Pronunciation: ɪˈrəʊnɪəs
adjective
wrong; incorrect

There are 4 definitions of sally in English:

sally2

Line breaks: sally
Pronunciation: /ˈsali
 
/

noun (plural sallies)

The part of a bell rope that has coloured wool woven into it to provide a grip for the bell-ringer’s hands.
More example sentences
  • There are two parts to the bell rope – the tail and the soft sally, which are pulled alternately to make the bell ring.
  • The teaching of the ringing of the backstroke ends when you can confidently let the learner ring it without intervention and you feel that he can set the bell at will and he can recover if the sally is not pulled with the correct strength.

Origin

mid 17th century (denoting the first movement of a bell when set for ringing): perhaps from sally1 in the sense 'leaping motion'.

More definitions of sally

Definition of sally in:

There are 4 definitions of sally in English:

sally3

Line breaks: sally
Pronunciation: /ˈsali
 
/
(also sallee)

noun (plural sallies or sallees)

Australian
Any of a number of acacias and eucalyptuses that resemble willows.
  • Several species, including white sally (Eucalyptus pauciflora, family Myrtaceae)
More example sentences
  • The West of Ireland is favoured for this form of horticulture: the damp climate is ideally suited for willow cultivation, and for impatient gardeners the sally gives satisfyingly speedy results.

Origin

late 19th century: dialect variant of sallow2.

More definitions of sally

Definition of sally in:

There are 4 definitions of sally in English:

Sally

Line breaks: Sally
Pronunciation: /ˈsali
 
/
(also Sally Army or Sallies)

noun

British informal
The Salvation Army.
More example sentences
  • Although charity shops were once considered to be down-at-heel places into which nice people did not step, now no one much raises an eyebrow at the mention of spare time spent rummaging around in the local Sallies store.
  • His wife, Mary, back in New Zealand, chanced upon a copy of War Cry, the Sallies magazine, which mentioned Moss's rehabilitation.
  • The soles on these are wearing thin - time for another visit to the Sallies.

Origin

early 20th century: alteration of salvation.

More definitions of sally

Definition of Sally in: