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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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  • The corps had no artillery present, its batteries, on account of the mud, being still north of gravelly Run.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • There is a boat-house, and a strip of gravelly beach, now that the tide is out.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • So the two men went up the gravelly walk and knocked firmly but respectfully at the door.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • The road to the beach descends a sharp, gravelly hill, and crosses a bridge.

    By The Sea Heman White Chaplin
  • A little higher, she took possession of a great, gray bowlder jutting like a giant table from the gravelly soil.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for gravelly


consisting of or abounding in gravel
of or like gravel
(esp of a voice) harsh and grating
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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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