The troops sallied in desperation.
As she sallied forth from her boudoir, you would never have guessed how quickly she could strip for action. -William Manchester.
An example of sally is to jump out from behind a door.
An example of a person named Sally is Sally Field.
A bird that sallies out from a branch to catch flying insects.
Sallied forth to see the world.
Origin of sally
- From French saillie a sally from Old French from feminine past participle of salir to rush forward from Latin salīre to leap sel- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English saly, from Old English saliÄ¡, sealh (“willow"). More at sallow.