Telly vs Tally - What's the difference?

telly | tally |

As nouns the difference between telly and tally

is that telly is television while tally is originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number;.

As an adjective tally is

(label) used as a mild intensifier: very (almost exclusively used by the upper classes).

As an interjection tally is

target sighted.

As a verb tally is

to count something.

As an adverb tally is

(obsolete) in a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.

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  • Television
  • Not much on telly tonight, as usual!
  • A television set
  • We've got a new, flat-screen telly .

    Derived terms

    * telly tennis

    Usage notes

    The plural is not used in the US.


    * tube (US), TV, tele (UK, rare)



    Etymology 1



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


    (en interjection)
  • Target sighted.
  • ''(Air Traffic Control): Speedbird 123, New York, traffic at two o’clock, seven miles, a Boeing 737, west-bound, at 4000 feet.”
    (Pilot): New York, Speedbird 123, tally .

    Usage notes

    In aviation radio usage, more common than original (m). In civilian aviation usage, the official term for “traffic sighted” is “traffic in sight”.Federal Aviation Administration: Pilot/Controller Glossary (P/CG)], [ T (Traffic)


    * (target sighted) (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) tallie, from (etyl)


  • 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.
  • Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book, especially one kept in duplicate.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 2 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Bulgaria 0-3 England , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Bulgaria, inevitably, raised the tempo in the opening moments of the second half and keeper Joe Hart was forced into his first meaningful action to block a deflected corner - but England were soon threatening to add to their goal tally .}}
  • One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.
  • * Dryden
  • They were framed the tallies for each other.
  • A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a score or tally in a game.
  • A tally shop.
  • Verb

  • To count something.
  • To record something by making marks.
  • To make things correspond or agree with each other.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • They are not so well tallied to the present juncture.
  • To keep score.
  • To correspond or agree.
  • * Addison
  • I found pieces of tiles that exactly tallied with the channel.
  • * Walpole
  • Your idea tallies exactly with mine.
  • (nautical) To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.
  • Etymology 3


    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete) In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.
  • (Beaumont and Fletcher)