adjective, pal·li·er, pal·li·est. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pally

Historical Examples of pally

  • Ow, the devil, goin' to Pally Hughes's while 'tis drawin' nearer an' nearer an'—Ow!

  • 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."

British Dictionary definitions for pally


adjective -lier or -liest

informal on friendly or familiar terms
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