gally

verb
gal·​ly | \ ˈga-lē How to pronounce gally (audio) \
gallied; gallying

Definition of gally

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal

First Known Use of gally

1605, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gally

of obscure origin

Note: 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 āgǣlwan "to frighten" (attested only as a past participle agælwed).

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“Gally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gally. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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