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[grav-uh-lee] /ˈgræv ə li/
of, like, or abounding in gravel.
harsh and grating:
a gravelly voice.
Origin of gravelly
First recorded in 1350-1400, gravelly is from the Middle English word gravelli. See gravel, -y1
Related forms
ungravelly, adjective
Can be confused
gravely, gravelly. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was across the gravelly ford of the Graybull, near the mouth of the Piney.

    The Biography of a Grizzly Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • The water-weed grew in long filaments from the gravelly shallows.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • He sang in a gravelly voice, pausing now and then to remember a new verse.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • There is a boat-house, and a strip of gravelly beach, now that the tide is out.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The road to the beach descends a sharp, gravelly hill, and crosses a bridge.

    By The Sea Heman White Chaplin
British Dictionary definitions for gravelly


consisting of or abounding in gravel
of or like gravel
(esp of a voice) harsh and grating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gravelly

late 14c., "covered with gravel or sand," from gravel + -y (2). Of voices, by 1944.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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