from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mar the cleanness or luster of; soil or stain.
- transitive v. To defile; taint.
- n. Archaic Something that stains or spots.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to soil or stain; to dirty
- v. to damage or corrupt
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To soil; to dirty; to spot; to tarnish; to stain; to darken; -- used literally and figuratively.
- intransitive v. To become soiled or tarnished.
- n. Soil; tarnish; stain.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)
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.
Roark said the witnesses testifying against Carter, including Tousley and other former sheriff's office brass, were just trying to "sully" Carter's reputation.
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.
Simpson, an obvious Kentucky fan, speaks to the issue of speculation as a tool to "sully"