American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To mar the cleanness or luster of; soil or stain.
- v. To defile; taint.
- n. Archaic Something that stains or spots.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To soil; stain; tarnish; defile.
- Figuratively, to stain or tarnish morally.
- To dim; darken.
- To be or become soiled or tarnished.
- n. Soil; tarnish; spot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; -- used literally and figuratively.
- v. To become soiled or tarnished.
- n. Soil; tarnish; stain.
- v. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
- v. place under suspicion or cast doubt upon
- v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
- n. United States painter (born in England) of portraits and historical scenes (1783-1872)
- n. French statesman (1560-1641)
- From Middle English sulien (also sulwen), from Old English sylian ("to sully, soil, pollute"), from Proto-Germanic *suliwōnan, *sulwōnan, *sulwijanan (“to sully, make dirty”), from Proto-Indo-European *sūl- (“thick liquid, muck”). Cognate with Old Saxon sulian ("to sully"), Middle Dutch soluwen ("to sully"), German sühlen ("to sully"), Danish søle ("to sully"), Swedish söla ("to sully"). Perhaps conflated partially with Old French souillier ("to soil";> French souiller), from the same Germanic source. Related also to Old English solian ("to soil, become defiled, make or become foul"). More at soil. (Wiktionary)
- Probably from French souiller, from Old French; see soil2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“July 5th, 2006 at 4: 53 pm seabiscuit says: sully is another one: unless he is getting paid the billion dollars that the ceo of exxon got to deny climate crisis is happening, what’s in it for him? why do it? why lie about the fate of the earth?”
“There was no plot to 'sully' the reputation of Joe Wilson (not that identifying his wife as a CIA employee would accomplish that anyway).”
“President Nicholas Sarkozy was roundly criticized for losing his cool at the recent annual Agriculture Fair by insulting a constituent who refused to shake his hand (while saying it would "sully" him to be touched by the president.)”
“Most folks know that lots of American stars who would never "sully" their images over here by doing cheap car and makeup ads have no problem doing so overseas obviously, Catherine Zeta-Jones doesn't consider her ad career to be anything to be ashamed of.”
“HEMMER: How do they say "sully" in Russian, by the way?”
“Then something happened at the very end to kind of sully it.”
“The heroic actions of pilot chesley "sully" sullenberger in guiding U.S. Airways flight”
“Chesley "sully" Sullenberger to ditch the plane in the Hudson River in a miracle landing.”
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