gally

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verb gal·ly \ˈga-lē\

Definition of gally

gallied

;

gallying

chiefly dialectal

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  frighten, terrify

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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