What does Sally mean?

Definitions for Sally
ˈsæl isal·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Sally.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wisecrack, crack, sally, quipnoun

    witty remark

  2. sortie, sallynoun

    a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position

  3. sally, sallying forthnoun

    a venture off the beaten path

    "a sally into the wide world beyond his home"


  1. Sallynoun

    A diminutive of the female given name Sarah, also used as a formal given name.

    She submitted―for what alternative did she have?―to being Sally in this family, but she always signed herself, Sarah.

  2. Sallynoun

    A nickname for the Salvation Army

  3. Etymology: A diminutive lambdacism of Sarah. Compare Hal from Harry and Moll from Mary).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SALLYnoun

    Etymology: sallie, French.

    The deputy sat down before the town for the space of three Winter months; during which time sallies were made by the Spaniards, but they were beaten in with loss. Francis Bacon.

    Every one shall know a country better, that makes often sallies into it, and traverses it up and down, than he that, like a mill-horse, goes still round in the same track. John Locke.

    These passages were intended for sallies of wit; but whence comes all this rage of wit? Edward Stillingfleet.

    At his return all was clear, and this excursion was esteemed but a sally of youth. Henry Wotton.

    ’Tis but a sally of youth. John Denham, Sophy.

    We have written some things which we may wish never to have thought on: some sallies of levity ought to be imputed to youth. Jonathan Swift.

    The episodical part, made up of the extravagant sallies of the prince of Wales and Falstaff’s humour, is of his own invention. Shakespeare Illustrated.

  2. To Sallyverb

    To make an eruption; to issue out.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The Turks sallying forth, received thereby great hurt. Richard Knolles.

    The noise of some tumultuous fight:
    They break the truce, and sally out by night. Dryden.

    The summons take of the same trumpet’s call,
    To sally from one port, or man one publick wall. Nahum Tate.


  1. Sally

    Sally is a song by gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, written by frontman Eugene Hütz. The song was packaged as a double single along with "Start Wearing Purple", and released as the band's second single in February 2006. It belongs to their third album Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike.


  1. sally

    A "sally" is a sudden energetic movement, often a venture out from one's usual routine or place, typically in a military or investigative context. This term can also refer to a humorous, clever, or surprising remark, typically made in conversation. Additionally, "Sally" is a common female first name.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sallyverb

    to leap or rush out; to burst forth; to issue suddenly; as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers; to make a sally

  2. Sally

    a leaping forth; a darting; a spring

  3. Sally

    a rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place besieged to attack the besiegers; a sortie

  4. Sally

    an excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation

  5. Sally

    a flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind

  6. Sally

    transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade

  7. Etymology: [F. saillir, fr. L. salire to leap, spring, akin to Gr. "a`llesqai; cf. Skr. s to go, to flow. Cf. Salient, Assail, Assault, Exult, Insult, Saltation, Saltire.]


  1. Sally

    Sally is a fictional character from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sally

    sal′i, n. a leaping or bursting out: a sudden rushing forth of troops to attack besiegers: excursion: outburst of fancy, wit, &c.: levity: a projection.—v.i. to rush out suddenly: to mount:—pa.t. and pa.p. sall′ied.n. Sall′y-port, a passage by which a garrison may make a sally: a large port for the escape of a crew when a fire-ship is set on fire. [Fr. sailliesaillir (It. salire)—L. salire, to leap.]

  2. Sally

    sal′i, n. a kind of stone-fly: a wren.—n. Sall′ypick′er, one of several different warblers.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sally

    A sudden expedition out of a besieged place against the besiegers or some part of their works; also called a sortie.--To sally. To move a body by jerks or rushes; a sudden heave or set. Thus, when a vessel grounds by the bow or stern, and the hawsers are severely taut, the sally is practised. This is done by collecting all hands at the point aground, and then by a simultaneous rush reaching the part afloat.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sally

    A sudden offensive movement by the garrison of a fortified place, directed against the troops or works of the besiegers.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SALLY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sally is ranked #22481 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sally surname appeared 1,144 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sally.

    51.6% or 591 total occurrences were White.
    38% or 435 total occurrences were Black.
    3.6% or 42 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.1% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sally' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2409

Anagrams for Sally »

  1. lylas

  2. y'all's

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sally in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Sally in a Sentence

  1. Robert F. Goheen:

    In the realm of ideas it is better to let the mind sally forth, even if some precious preconceptions suffer a mauling.

  2. Walt Kelly:

    There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tiny blasts of tiny trumpets, we have met the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.

  3. Goldoni:

    Laughing is peculiar to man, but all men do not laugh for the same reason. There is the attic salt which springs from the charm in the words, from the flash of wit, from the spirited and brilliant sally. There is the low joke which arises from scurrility and idle conceit.

  4. Jake Carstens:

    It's worth noting that despite Florida Panhandle seeing a bit less of the action compared to other states like Louisiana, landfall locations don't fully describe the range and extent of Fast FactsStorm impacts, hurricane Isaias nearly clipped the east coast of Florida Panhandle and prompted Hurricane Warnings in South Florida for a time. Hurricane Sally in September brought flooding and tornadoes to much of the Florida Panhandle, and came awfully close to tropical storm strength in Hurricane Sally in September early stages when it hit Miami-Dade County.

  5. Jeff Robbins:

    If Sally Goza think of kids that are in the fourth grade, they're going to be basically out of the school system by the time Sally Goza've got another shot at this, this affects generations.

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