• Tally


    • Rhymes: -æli

    Origin 1

    Full definition of tally



    1. (British) Used as a mild intensifier: very (almost exclusively used by the upper classes).Up and over to victory! Tally ho!

    Origin 2

    Perhaps a derivative of Old English talu with a diminutive suffix. Compare German Zahl.



    (plural tallies)
    1. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number;
    2. Later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
    3. Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book, especially one kept in duplicate.
      • 2011, September 2, Phil McNulty, Bulgaria 0-3 England, Bulgaria, inevitably, raised the tempo in the opening moments of the second half and keeper Joe Hart was forced into his first meaningful action to block a deflected corner - but England were soon threatening to add to their goal tally.
    4. One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.
      • DrydenThey were framed the tallies for each other.
    5. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a score or tally in a game.
    6. A tally shop.


    1. (transitive) To count something.
    2. (transitive) To record something by making marks.
    3. (transitive) To make things correspond or agree with each other.
      • Alexander PopeThey are not so well tallied to the present juncture.
    4. (intransitive) To keep score.
    5. (intransitive) To correspond or agree.
      • AddisonI found pieces of tiles that exactly tallied with the channel.
      • WalpoleYour idea ... tallies exactly with mine.
    6. (nautical) To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.

    Origin 3



    1. (obsolete) In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.
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