noun, plural tal·lies.

verb (used with object), tal·lied, tal·ly·ing.

verb (used without object), tal·lied, tal·ly·ing.

to correspond, as one part of a tally with the other; accord or agree: Does his story tally with hers?
to score a point or make a goal, as in a game.

Origin of tally

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English taly < Medieval Latin talia, variant of Latin tālea rod, cutting, literally, heel-piece, derivative of tālus heel; (v.) late Middle English talyen, derivative of the noun
Related formstal·li·er, nounre·tal·ly, noun, plural re·tal·lies, verb, re·tal·lied, re·tal·ly·ing.un·tal·lied, adjective

Synonyms for tally

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British Dictionary definitions for retally


verb -lies, -lying or -lied

(intr) to correspond one with the otherthe two stories don't tally
(tr) to supply with an identifying tag
(intr) to keep score
(tr) obsolete to record or mark

noun plural -lies

any record of debit, credit, the score in a game, etc
a ticket, label, or mark, used as a means of identification, classification, etc
a counterpart or duplicate of something, such as the counterfoil of a cheque
a stick used (esp formerly) as a record of the amount of a debt according to the notches cut in it
a notch or mark cut in or made on such a stick
a mark or number of marks used to represent a certain number in counting
Australian and NZ the total number of sheep shorn by one shearer in a specified period of time
Derived Formstallier, noun

Word Origin for tally

C15: from Medieval Latin tālea, from Latin: a stick; related to Latin tālus heel
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Word Origin and History for retally



mid-15c., "stick marked with notches to indicate amount owed or paid," from Anglo-French tallie (early 14c.), Anglo-Latin talea (late 12c.), from Medieval Latin tallia, from Latin talea "a cutting, rod, stick" (see tailor, and cf. sense history of score). Meaning "a thing that matches another" first recorded 1650s, said to be from practice of splitting a tally lengthwise, debtor and creditor each retaining one of the halves. Sports sense of "a total score" is from 1856.



mid-15c., from Medieval Latin talliare "to tax," from tallia (see tally (n.)). Related: Tallied; tallying.

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