Origin and Etymology of gally
of obscure origin ◆A supposed connection of this word with a verb gallow, occurring once in King Lear (III.ii) and taken to mean “frighten,” is very tenuous given the lack of any other evidence for such a word. Still more tenuous is a connection with the Old English word āgǣwan “to frighten” (attested only as a past participle agælwed).
First Known Use: 1605
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