verb (used with object), sul·lied, sul·ly·ing.
verb (used without object), sul·lied, sul·ly·ing.
noun, plural sul·lies.
Origin of sully
Examples from the Web for sullies
I hear her husband left her well to do; And as for that small blot that sullies her 'Twill fade when covered by thy name.The Scarlet Stigma|James Edgar Smith
Sometimes these passions plunge us into a turbulent joy, and he who gives way to such, sullies the air with brutish laughter.Thais|Anatole France
That it is which sullies the honor of your name much more than the storm has injured your cloak!The Bath Keepers, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume VII)|Charles Paul de Kock
People high up in authority may deny this, but he who denies it sullies the truth.
This act, a bar-sinister in the biography of Gorges, sullies his escutcheon at the outset.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast|Samuel Adams Drake
British Dictionary definitions for sullies (1 of 2)
verb -lies, -lying or -lied
noun plural -lies
Word Origin for sully
British Dictionary definitions for sullies (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for sullies
1570s (implied in sulliedness), probably from Middle French souiller, from Old French souillier "make dirty" (see soil (v.)). Related: Sullied; sullying.