sully


1sul·ly

transitive verb \ˈsə-lē\

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

sul·liedsul·ly·ing

Full Definition of SULLY

:  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

2sully

noun
plural sullies

Definition of SULLY

archaic
:  soil, stain

First Known Use of SULLY

1601

Rhymes with SULLY

Sul·ly

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

Definition of SULLY

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

Sul·ly

biographical name \ˈsə-lē\

Definition of SULLY

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

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