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sully

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transitive verb sul·ly \ˈsə-lē\

Definition of sully

sullied

sullying

  1. :  to make soiled or tarnished :  defile

Examples of sully in a sentence

  1. <people that sully our state parks with their trash>

  2. <a once-gleaming marble interior sullied by decades of exposure to cigarette smoke>

Did You Know?

The spelling of sully has shifted several times since it was sylian in Old-English, but its meaning has remained essentially the same: "to soil." If you're looking for other words that mean "to soil," you can try out befoul, besmirch, blacken, foul, grime, stain, or simply dirty. You might wonder if the English word sullen (meaning "gloomy or morose") is a relative of sully, and the answer is no. Sullen traces back by way of Anglo- and Old French to Latin solus, meaning "alone."

Origin and Etymology 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


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sully

noun sul·ly

Definition of sully

plural

sullies

archaic

  1. :  soil, stain

1601

First Known Use of sully

1601


Sully

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

Definition of Sully

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


Sully

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biographical name Sul·ly \ˈsə-lē\

Definition of Sully

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


SULLY Defined for English Language Learners

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sully

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transitive verb sul·ly \ˈsə-lē\

Definition of sully for English Language Learners

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



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