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sully

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transitive verb sul·ly \ˈsə-lē\

Simple Definition of sully

  • : to damage or ruin the good quality of (something)

Full Definition of sully

sul·liedsul·ly·ing

  1. :  to make soiled or tarnished :  defile

Examples of sully

  1. <people that sully our state parks with their trash>

  2. <a once-gleaming marble interior sullied by decades of exposure to cigarette smoke>



Origin of sully

Middle English *sullien, probably alteration (influenced by Anglo-French suillier, soiller to soil) of sulen to soil, from Old English sylian


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with sully


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sully

noun sul·ly

Definition of sully

plural sullies

archaic

  1. :  soil, stain



1601

First Known Use of sully

1601


Sully

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biographical name Sul·ly \ˈsə-lē, (ˌ)sə-ˈlē, sue-ˈlē\

Definition of Sully

  1. Duc de 1560–1641 Maximilien de Béthune Baron de Ros*ny play \də-rō-ˈnē\ Fr. statesman




Sully

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biographical name Sul·ly \ˈsə-lē\

Definition of Sully

  1. Thomas 1783–1872 Am. (Eng.-born) painter





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