Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Friendly; chummy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the relationship of friends or pals; -- used colloquially.

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  • adjective Like a pal; friendly.
  • noun US An affectionate term of address.
  • noun US, Australia A slightly derogatory and insulting term of address.

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

  • adjective (used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals

Etymologies

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From pal +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • It was quite an odd experience, you were often at the mercy of some aloof assistant who would feel he was doing you a favour once you got "pally" with him by letting you hear the good stuff from under the counter; a privilege only the few elite regulars got.

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  • Albion boss Tony Mowbray urges referees to show players more respect and claimed some officials are too 'pally' with top stars.

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  • jilted john - the sight of watching Ruth Kelly and Yvette Cooper acting all 'pally' while Ruthie was getting out through the gritted teeth the news that Yvette had 'Balls-Ed' up HIPs was an absolute CLASSIC !

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  • 13 Platoon, so fictitiously unlucky (?), was probably the most "pally" combination in the Battalion; both N. C.O.'s and men were on excellent terms -- especially with Sergt.

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  • "pally," as she put it, happily contented in each other's society.

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  • For more than three decades he has divided his considerable charm between British holidaymakers and resort hotel developers on the costas and beyond – his pally salesman's patter delivered in his distinctive hybrid accent: estuary English with occasional traces of his Spanish roots.

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  • The two frontrunners for the socialist nomination are the former party leader François Hollande – now thinner, less pally with journalists and more presidential – and his successor Martine Aubry, who launched her bid to become France's first woman president yesterday.

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  • The two frontrunners for the socialist nomination are the former party leader François Hollande – now thinner, less pally with journalists and more presidential – and his successor Martine Aubry, who launched her bid to become France's first woman president yesterday.

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  • My main is, unfortunately, on Moon Guard, and I seem to only get requests for whisper sex or people who want to rag on me for playing a Blood Elf pally (regardless of the character I'm trying to portray).

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  • You need to go listen like right now to Rihanna's latest to see just how much you messed-up, pally.

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