noun, plural sal·lies.

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

Origin of sally

1535–45; < Middle French saillie attack, noun use of feminine past participle of saillir to rush forward < Latin salīre to leap
Related formssal·li·er, nounout·sal·ly, verb (used with object), out·sal·lied, out·sal·ly·ing.un·sal·ly·ing, adjective

Synonyms for sally Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sallied

Historical Examples of sallied

  • The naked flats were very wide, and we sallied out, with the bridge as our guide.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Then they took up the box between them, and sallied out to meet the mail.

  • After breakfast he and Climene sallied forth to take the air upon the quays.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • As they sallied forth, Seuthes rose to accompany them, like the soberest of men.



  • At once the Apaches sallied forth from their cover in full cry after him.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

British Dictionary definitions for sallied



noun plural -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 -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)

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 Formssallier, noun

Word Origin for sally

C16: from Old French saillie, from saillir to dash forwards, from Latin salīre to leap



noun plural -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 for sally

C19: perhaps from an obsolete or dialect sense of sally 1 leaping movement


noun plural -lies

a member of the Salvation Army
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Word Origin and History for sallied



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.


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.



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

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