- 1sully something to spoil or reduce the value of something By cheating they have sullied the good name of their country.
- 2sully something to make something dirty She wondered if she dared risk sullying the gleaming sink. Word Origin late 16th cent.: perhaps from French souiller
BrE BrE//ˈsʌli//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌli//(formal or literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sully
BrE BrE//ˈsʌli//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌli//he / she / it sullies
BrE BrE//ˈsʌliz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌliz//past simple sullied
BrE BrE//ˈsʌlid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌlid//past participle sullied
BrE BrE//ˈsʌlid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌlid//-ing form sullying
BrE BrE//ˈsʌliɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌliɪŋ//