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adjective, adverb British Slang.
  1. damned (euphemism for bloody).
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Origin of bally

First recorded in 1840–50; by alteration


  1. a city in SW West Bengal, in E India, NW of Kolkata.
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Examples from the Web for bally

Historical Examples

  • "Went to bed so bally sober I couldn't sleep," replied the misguided youth.


    William J. Locke

  • My dear old ass, Gilbert wrote, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • But all this is away from the point, which is, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • You know, I came out to this bally country on false pretences, as it were.

  • Yes, it's all right; but you needn't rave about it like a bally poet.

British Dictionary definitions for bally


adjective, adverb
  1. British slang a euphemism for bloody (def. 6)
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  1. Northern English dialect a thumb
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Word Origin and History for bally


1885, British English, slang euphemism for bloody.

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