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or Sallie

[sal-ee] /ˈsæl i/
a female given name, form of Sarah. Unabridged
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  • Now, caught up and carried on by sallys enthusiasm, she had gone to sea.

  • We all laughed; and I then parted, quite pleased with sallys modesty.

  • Thats right, they are, Danny exclaimed, seizing sallys hand.

  • The wires running from sallys room up to Nancys and to the attic were in place.

  • He didnt want to come to sallys birthday, replied Jane with a catch in her voice.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • It had been one of the strangest experiences of sallys entire life.

  • So slowly did the coverlet rise to sallys breathing that its movement was hardly noticeable.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • Were just what Danny would call fools for kick, was sallys reply.

  • Was it violets that made sallys, she wondered, the blue of the flowers she held stirring her memories vaguely.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • In war no one ever has enough trouble, was sallys sober reply.

British Dictionary definitions for sallys


noun (pl) -lies
a sudden violent excursion, esp by besieged forces to attack the besiegers; sortie
a sudden outburst or emergence into action, expression, or emotion
an excursion or jaunt
a jocular retort
verb (intransitive) -lies, -lying, -lied
to make a sudden violent excursion
(often foll by forth) to go out on an expedition, etc
to come, go, or set out in an energetic manner
to rush out suddenly
Derived Forms
sallier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French saillie, from saillir to dash forwards, from Latin salīre to leap


noun (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
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally1 leaping movement


noun (pl) -lies
a member of the Salvation Army
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Word Origin and History for sallys



1540s, "a sudden rush, dash, or springing forth; specifically of troops from a besieged place, attacking the besiegers," from Middle French saillie "a rushing forth," noun use of fem. past participle of saillir "to leap," from Latin salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sally-port "gate or passage in a fortification to afford free egress to troops in making a sally" is from 1640s.


1540s, from sally (n.). Related: Sallied; sallying.


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 and sold them in the streets. Sally Ann as a nickname for Salvation Army is recorded from 1927.

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