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[pal-ee] /ˈpæl i/
adjective, pallier, palliest. Informal.
friendly; comradely:
old friends being pally at a class reunion.
Origin of pally
First recorded in 1890-95; pal + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pally
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  • Ow, the devil, goin' to pally Hughes's while 'tis drawin' nearer an' nearer an'—Ow!

    One-Act Plays Various
  • They were "pally," as she put it, happily contented in each other's society.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • Got pally with six French gendarmes and hope to see them again when I have another spell off.

  • pally was telling Sobber they had better be on guard, since the Rovers might not be alone.

    The Rover Boys Down East Arthur M. Winfield
  • The old lady lost her patience, and at last burst forth: "I winna be back-speired noo, pally Fullerton."

  • Catherine, so heavy was her heart, could scarcely manage a decent friendly greeting to old pally Hughes, her hostess.

    Through Welsh Doorways

    Jeannette Augustus Marks
British Dictionary definitions for pally


adjective -lier, -liest
(informal) on friendly or familiar terms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for pally



Very friendly; affectionate and familiar; palsy-walsy (1895+)


pal (1940+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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