noun, plural sallies.
a sortie of troops from a besieged place upon an enemy.
a sudden rushing forth or activity.
an excursion or trip, usually off the main course.
an outburst or flight of passion, fancy, etc.: a sally of anger.
a clever, witty, or fanciful remark.
Carpentry. a projection, as of the end of a rafter beyond the notch by which the rafter is fitted over the wall plate.
verb (used without object), sallied, sallying.
to make a sally, as a body of troops from a besieged place.
to set out on a side trip or excursion.
to set out briskly or energetically.
(of things) to issue forth.

1535–45; < Middle French saillie attack, noun use of feminine past participle of saillir to rush forward < Latin salīre to leap

sallier, noun
outsally, verb (used with object), outsallied, outsallying.
unsallying, adjective

5. quip, witticism. Unabridged


a female given name, form of Sarah.
Also, Sallie. Unabridged
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sallee or sally (ˈsælɪ)
1.  Also called: snow gum a SE Australian eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus pauciflora, with a pale grey bark
2.  any of various acacia trees
[probably of native origin]
sally or sally
[probably of native origin]

sally1 (ˈsælɪ)
n , pl -lies
1.  a sudden violent excursion, esp by besieged forces to attack the besiegers; sortie
2.  a sudden outburst or emergence into action, expression, or emotion
3.  an excursion or jaunt
4.  a jocular retort
vb , -lies, -lies, -lying, -lied
5.  to make a sudden violent excursion
6.  (often foll by forth) to go out on an expedition, etc
7.  to come, go, or set out in an energetic manner
8.  to rush out suddenly
[C16: from Old French saillie, from saillir to dash forwards, from Latin salīre to leap]

sally2 (ˈsælɪ)
n , pl -lies
the lower part of a bell rope, where it is caught at handstroke, into which coloured wool is woven to make a grip
[C19: perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally1 leaping movement]

Sally (ˈsælɪ)
n , pl -lies
a member of the Salvation Army

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Word Origin & History

1542 (n.), 1560 (v.), from M.Fr. saillie "a rushing forth," noun use of fem. pp. of saillir "to leap," from L. salire "to leap" (see salient).

fem. proper name, alteration of Sarah (cf. Hal from Harry, Moll from Mary, etc.). Sally Lunn cakes (1780) supposedly named for the woman in Bath who first made them. Sally Ann as a nickname for Salvation Army is recorded from 1927.
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Example sentences
And whatever you do, don't be afraid to sally forth and speak up.
Sally ports had been cut in the hull to allow the men to embark via gangways.
The poet nimbly recovers himself from every sally of the imagination.
Sally packed devilled eggs-something she usually hated to take on a picnic, because they were so messy.
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