Definition of pally in English:



  • [predicative] Having a close, friendly relationship.

    ‘I see you're getting quite pally with Carlos’
    • ‘They preferred the pally familiarity of Kelly, with her thick fringe, boxy business suits, glasses and the voice that could saw wood.’
    • ‘He is not pally, he is too great to be brought down to our level.’
    • ‘Whatever are the reasons, the police being pally with the public surely makes for a strange spectacle!’
    • ‘There's a lot of managers who are pally with the players, but he's not like that.’
    • ‘She actually seems believable when she is being very sisterly with a young coffee vendor, or when she is being pally with the lady constable.’
    • ‘Fred, 81, said: ‘We met in Egypt and got a bit pally, we went around a bit together.’’
    • ‘Politicians who want to be both vile and pally earn my contempt.’
    • ‘Nearly two in five of women in a long-term relationship were happy to dance with a stranger while nearly a third said their friends were more than happy to get pally with groups of lads.’
    • ‘The two are as pally in real life as they are in the movie.’
    • ‘He puts a pally arm around you and gives you the thumbs up when the band starts playing, saying: ‘How good is this?’
    • ‘It takes a while for players to get to know each other and get pally.’
    • ‘Into the fray steps a candidate once very pally with the incumbent Liberal Party but then opting to run on an independent ticket due to strong differences of opinion.’
    • ‘Vikram was quite pally with whoever got to meet him.’
    friendly, on good terms, close, familiar, affectionate, intimate
    as thick as thieves, thick, matey, buddy-buddy, palsy-walsy, chummy
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