sally (n.)

1540s, "a sudden rush, dash, or springing forth; specifically of troops from a besieged place, attacking the besiegers," from French saillie "a rushing forth," noun use of fem. past participle of saillir "to leap," from Latin salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sally-port "gate or passage in a fortification to afford free egress to troops in making a sally" is from 1640s.


fem. proper name, alteration of Sarah (compare Hal from Harry, Moll from Mary, etc.). Sally Lunn cakes (1780) supposedly named for the woman in Bath who first made them and sold them in the streets. Sally Ann as a nickname for Salvation Army is recorded from 1927.

sally (v.)

1540s, from sally (n.). Related: Sallied; sallying.

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Definitions of sally from WordNet

sally (n.)
witty remark;
Synonyms: wisecrack / crack / quip
sally (n.)
a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position;
Synonyms: sortie
sally (n.)
a venture off the beaten path;
a sally into the wide world beyond his home
Synonyms: sallying forth