- 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: MFr saillie from saillir, to come forth suddenly, rush out, leap from Classical Latin salire, to leap, spring: see salient
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intransitive verb sal·lied, sal·ly·ing, sal·lies
- To rush out or leap forth suddenly.
- 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; a leap.
- An assault from a defensive position; a sortie.
- A sudden emergence into action or expression; an outburst.
- A sudden quick witticism; a quip. See Synonyms at joke.
- A venturing forth; a jaunt.
Origin: From 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.