Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A reckoning or score.
  • n. A stick on which notches are made to keep a count or score.
  • n. A stick on which notches were formerly made to keep a record of amounts paid or owed.
  • n. A mark used in recording a number of acts or objects, most often in series of five, consisting of four vertical lines canceled diagonally or horizontally by a fifth line.
  • n. A label, ticket, or piece of metal or wood used for identification or classification, especially in gardens and greenhouses.
  • n. Something that is very similar or corresponds to something else; a double or counterpart.
  • n. Nautical A metal plate attached to a ship's machinery and bearing instructions for its use.
  • transitive v. To reckon or count.
  • transitive v. To record by making a mark.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To score (a point or goal) in a game or contest.
  • transitive v. To label, as with a ticket, for identification or classification.
  • transitive v. To cause to correspond or agree.
  • intransitive v. To be alike; correspond or agree: The report tallies with your description of the accident.
  • intransitive v. To keep score.
  • intransitive v. Sports & Games To score a point or goal in a game or contest.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Used as a mild intensifier: very (almost exclusively used by the upper classes).
  • n. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number;
  • n. Later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
  • n. Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book, especially one kept in duplicate.
  • n. One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.
  • n. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a score or tally in a game.
  • n. A tally shop.
  • v. To count something
  • v. To record something by making marks
  • v. To make things correspond or agree with each other
  • v. To keep score
  • v. To correspond or agree
  • adv. In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number; later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
  • n. Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book; especially, one kept in duplicate.
  • n. One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.
  • n. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally.
  • n. A tally shop. See Tally shop, below.
  • transitive v. To score with correspondent notches; hence, to make to correspond; to cause to fit or suit.
  • transitive v. To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.
  • intransitive v. To be fitted; to suit; to correspond; to match.
  • intransitive v. To make a tally; to score.
  • adv. Stoutly; with spirit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Italian: as, the Tallies are working on the railroad. Dialect Notes, II. vi.
  • n. A piece of wood on which notches or scores are cut to mark numbers, as in keeping an account or giving a receipt; loosely, anything on which a score or an account is kept.
  • n. A score kept upon a notched stick or by other means; a reckoning; an account; a record as of debit and credit or of the score in a game.
  • n. A mark made to register a certain number of objects; one of a series of consecutive marks by which a number of objects are recorded or checked; also, a number as thus recorded; a number serving as a unit of computation.
  • n. A ticket or label of wood, metal, or the like used as a means of identification; specifically, in horticulture, such a ticket bearing either a number referring to a catalogue, or the name of the plant with which it is connected.
  • n. By extension, anything corresponding to another as duplicate or counterpart.
  • n. An abbreviation of tally-shop.
  • To mark or record on a tally; score; register.
  • To reckon; count; sum: with up.
  • To score with corresponding notches; hence, to cause to conform; suit; adapt; match.
  • To parallel; do or return in kind.
  • Nautical, to put aft, as the sheets or lower corners of the mainsail and foresail.
  • To correspond, as one part of a tally to the other; conform; agree.
  • In basset, faro, etc., to act as banker.
  • n. Same as tally-ho.
  • Same as tally-ho.
  • In a tall manner.
  • Stoutly; boldly.

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

  • n. a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely
  • v. gain points in a game
  • v. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  • v. keep score, as in games
  • v. determine the sum of
  • n. a bill for an amount due
  • n. the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

Etymologies

Middle English taly, from Anglo-Norman tallie, from Medieval Latin tallia, from Latin tālea, stick.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
tall +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • a stick used to knoch the acumulation of a transaction " the tally "
    latin " talea " = stick

    August 26, 2013

  • Aren't Australians fond of adding that 'ee' sound to the ends of words? Throw another bilby on the barbie, etc.? I'd swear there was a list around here... oh, wait... here it is: aussie-ie-ee-y-ey.

    December 25, 2012

  • Oooh, I hadn't thought about the tall angle. Hmmm. I wouldn't discount it out of hand, although the writer is an Australian and the term longneck would probably be used for large bottles and schooner, middy, pot, etc. for a tall glass. More hmmm.

    I find your second comment rather flippant. Tippant. Ummm...

    December 25, 2012

  • But that's not the important part--I've gotten embroiled in endless arguments about whether it's actually flip cup, tip cup, tip the cup, tippy cup, flippy cup, or some other ridiculous variation.

    December 25, 2012

  • Is it some variation of tall? Something like "Pour me a tall one, bartender," or "You're like a tall drink of water?"

    December 25, 2012

  • Perhaps someone can explain this usage for me:
    "I've been doing a Spanish language course in Seville, and apparently only young people do Spanish language courses in Seville. I was the oldest person in my class, clearly – the second-oldest person was 25. The next oldest was 20. The rest of the students fell between the grand ages of 18 and 19.
    Obviously I could have chosen to just go to my classes and then go back to my house and have nothing to do with the young 'uns. But that's not really my style.
    So I've been hanging out in a dingy student flat in my spare time. I've been eating instant noodles. I've been drinking tallies of supermarket beer. I've been playing drinking games like flip cup and kings. (Actually, I've been instigating drinking games like flip-cup and kings.)"
    - Ben Groundwater, Am I Too Old For This?, theage.com.au, 5 Dec 2012.

    December 25, 2012

  • The first financial derivatives. Secure for much the same reason prime number encryption is. The abolition of tallies caused the burning of the Houses of Parliament. 'You promised you'd tell us about pointed sticks.'

    Full fascinating story told at Exchequer tallies at Economist's View

    July 30, 2009

  • "Waist" (Russian origin)in Nadsat (literary lingo from A Clockwork orange).

    January 7, 2009