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

  • interj. Used to urge hounds on during a fox hunt.
  • transitive v. To urge (hounds) on during a fox hunt by shouting "tallyho” when the fox is sighted.
  • intransitive v. To shout "tallyho” as a hunting cry.
  • n. The cry of "tallyho.”
  • n. A fast coach drawn by four horses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. used to urge on a fox hunt, especially when the fox is sighted.
  • interj. a simple greeting, exclusively used by the upper classes.
  • n. the interjection.
  • v. to articulate the interjection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. The huntsman's cry to incite or urge on his hounds.
  • interj. A tallyho coach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A hunting cry: a mere exclamation.
  • To urge or excite, as hounds, by crying “Tally-ho.”
  • n. A cry of “Tally-ho.” See the interjection.
  • n. A name for a mail-coach or a four-in-hand pleasure coach; by extension, in the United States, a general name for such coaches.


Probably alteration of French taïaut, from Old French thialau, taho.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably alteration of French taïaut (interjection used in deer-hunting), from Middle French tahou, tayo, from Old French taho, ta ho, tielau (interjection given to hounds to return), composed of ta (particle used to prod animals) + ho ! ("halt!, hold!"). More at ho. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Stephen with hat ashplant frogsplits in middle highkicks with skykicking mouth shut hand clasp part under thigh, with clang tinkle boomhammer tallyho horn blower blue green yellow flashes." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008