- Sally is a feminine name.
An example of a person named Sally is Sally Field.
- Sally is defined as to rush or come out suddenly or to go on a trip.
An example of sally is to jump out from behind a door.
- a sudden rushing forth, as of troops to attack besieging forces
- any sudden start into activity
- a quick witticism; bright retort; quip
- an excursion or unusual side trip; jaunt
Origin of sallyMiddle French saillie ; from saillir, to come forth suddenly, rush out, leap ; from Classical Latin salire, to leap, spring: see salient
intransitive verbsal·lied, sal·ly·ing, sal·lies
- To rush out or leap forth suddenly: a bird that sallies out from a branch to catch flying insects.
- To issue suddenly from a defensive or besieged position to attack an enemy.
- To set out on a trip or excursion: sallied forth to see the world.
- A sudden rush forward or leap.
- An assault from a defensive position; a sortie.
- A sudden effort toward action or expression: “[She] kept up a sally of brilliant but doomed attempts at conversation” (Donna Tartt).
- A sudden quick witticism; a quip.
- A venturing forth; a jaunt.
Origin of sallyFrom French saillie, a sally, from Old French, from feminine past participle of salir, to rush forward, from Latin salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English saly, from Old English saliÄ¡, sealh (“willow"). More at sallow.
(third-person singular simple present sallies, present participle sallying, simple past and past participle sallied)
- (intransitive) To make a sudden attack on an enemy from a defended position.
- The troops sallied in desperation.
- (intransitive) To set out on an excursion; venture; depart (often followed by "forth.")
- As she sallied forth from her boudoir, you would never have guessed how quickly she could strip for action. -William Manchester
- (intransitive) To venture off the beaten path.
- (New Zealand, slang) A member of the Salvation Army.