Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. bloody; used as a mild intensifier.
  • adv. Very.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an informal intensifier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A town: an element in many place-names in Ireland: as, Ballywalter, upper town; Ballycastle, castle-town; Ballymoney, town on the moss, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. informal intensifiers

Etymologies

Alteration of bloody (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I try to use the adjective 'bally' - as in bally good coffee, this!

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  • These are the bike riders – "the 21st century hell riders" as the slogan painted on to the "bally" or the stage-like area outside and to the front of the wall itself, has it.

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  • "He means he doesn't understand what 'bally' is," explained Banty.

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  • Chuckling to himself at the depth and cunning of his intended course of action, he went among the farmers begging for "bally"!

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  • It's only something that Raygan would call bally rot in the paper. "

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  • They gave us a good meal – bally beef stew with added raisins – and sent us on our way south, on foot!

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  • "You'll get your bally head shot off some fine day," Captain Ward growled in answer, as he stepped to the binnacle and took the bearing of a peak which had just thrust its head through the clouds that covered Guadalcanar.

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  • She was understandably reluctant to brave German fire to recover German wounded: "I don't mind running risks for our men or the French but I'm blithered if I'm going to have holes put in me by a bally Teuton while I pick up their men."

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  • So I handed over the bally thing to Jeeves, who has a head the size of a melon.

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  •   Jimmy Rushing, the rotund singer who is featured on some of Count Basie's most memorable recordings, called the come-on before the black revue the “bally-hoo.”

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