What does sally mean?

Definitions for sallyˈsæl i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sally.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wisecrack, crack, sally, quip(noun)

    witty remark

  2. sortie, sally(noun)

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

  3. sally, sallying forth(noun)

    a venture off the beaten path

    "a sally into the wide world beyond his home"


  1. Sally(ProperNoun)

    , also used as a formal given name.

  2. Sally(ProperNoun)

    A nickname for the Salvation Army

  3. Origin: From saly, from salig, sealh. More at sallow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sally(verb)

    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. Origin: [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.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alan Kazdin:

    Sally, put on your green jacket or your blue sweater, please.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today -- Sally Yates said nothing but old news !

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    ESSAY -- A loose sally of the mind an irregular indigested piece not a regular and orderly composition.

  4. Gucci Grace:

    I felt a bit uncomfortable when Grace Mugabe proposed to me since Grace Mugabe was still married to Sally.

  5. Attorney Andy Taylor:

    On Friday, this little girl left the school as 'Sally,' and on Monday this little girl called herself 'Johnny'.

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