gally

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verb gal·ly \ ˈga-lē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of gally

gallied; gallying
transitive verb
chiefly dialectal

Origin and Etymology of 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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