What does sully mean?

Definitions for sullyˈsʌl i; for 1 also Fr. süˈli

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sully, Thomas Sully(noun)

    United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)

  2. Sully, Duc de Sully, Maxmilien de Bethune(verb)

    French statesman (1560-1641)

  3. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud(verb)

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

  4. tarnish, stain, maculate, sully, defile(verb)

    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

    "The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after the affair with a married man"

  5. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch(verb)

    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

    "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"


  1. sully(Verb)

    to soil or stain; to dirty

    He did not wish to sully his hands with gardening.

  2. sully(Verb)

    to damage or corrupt

    He did not wish to sully his reputation with an ill-mannered comment.

  3. Origin: From sulien (also sulwen), from sylian, from suliwōnan, from sūl-. Cognate with sulian, soluwen, sühlen, søle, söla. Perhaps conflated partially with souillier , from the same source. Related also to solian. More at soil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sully(verb)

    to soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; -- used literally and figuratively; as, to sully a sword; to sully a person's reputation

  2. Sully(verb)

    to become soiled or tarnished

  3. Sully(noun)

    soil; tarnish; stain

  4. Origin: [OE. sulien, AS. sylian, fr. sol mire; akin to G. suhle mire, sich, shlen to wallow, Sw. sla to bemire, Dan. sle, Goth. bisaulijan to defile.]


  1. Sully

    Sully is a city in Jasper County, Iowa, United States. The population was 821 at the 2010 census. The town is named after railroad man Alfred Sully.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sully

    sul′i, v.t. to soil: to spot: to tarnish.—v.i. to be soiled:—pa.t. and pa.p. sull′ied.n. spot: tarnish. [A.S. sylian, to defile—sol, mud.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sully in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sully in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Nicolas Maduro:

    The plan is to consolidate territories of peace wherever the OLP operations take place, to free the people of this paramilitary stain and these criminal gangs that sully our people.

  2. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    It reveals a lot about character. It reveals a lot about class, that Donald's instinct is to try to attack my wife and sully her. That should be beneath Donald, but the reason he's doing that is he had a very bad night.

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