Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sully”

sully

verb [T] uk   /ˈsʌl.i/ formal us  
to spoil something that is pure or someone's perfect reputation: His reputation, he said, had been unfairly sullied by half-truths and innuendos.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing to make something dirty: No speck of dirt had ever sullied his hands.Making things dirty and untidy
(Definition of sully from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sully?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Making things dirty & untidy, but you might be interested in these topics from the Clean, dirty and cleaning topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

blueprint

a photographic copy of an early plan for a building or machine

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More