1. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number;
  2. Later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
  3. Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book, especially one kept in duplicate.
  4. One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.
  5. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a score or tally in a game.
  6. A tally shop.


  1. To count something.
  2. To record something by making marks.
  3. To make things correspond or agree with each other.
  4. To keep score.
  5. To correspond or agree.
  6. To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.


  1. Used as a mild intensifier: very (almost exclusively used by the upper classes).
    Up and over to victory! Tally ho!


  1. In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.

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